For years, government on all levels has long tried to link hip hop with crime and violence, and a new FBI report is continuing that effort.
A new Bureau study on gang activity claims that criminal organizations are using rap music to launder dirty money and attract new members.
According to AllHipHop, the report, takes an in-depth look at the activity of gang members around the country, the growth of gangs, their standard operating procedures and how they are recruiting new members.
The report states, gangs are starting and funding rap groups as a front for criminal activity. “Gangster rap gangs, often comprised of juveniles, are forming and are being used to launder drug money through seemingly legitimate businesses,” the report says.
The FBI alleges that gangs also host legitimate events, parties and concerts to recruit members. “Juvenile gang members in some communities are hosting parties and organizing special events which develop into opportunities for recruiting, drugs, sexual exploitation and criminal activities,” the report says.