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9/23/2003 6:10:33 PM

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Rapper Chuck D, who helped pioneer political rap music with his group Public Enemy, urged black college students to forgo hip-hop's gangster style and hit the books, not the streets.

"There is no such thing as a college thug," the 43-year-old told several hundred students crammed into an auditorium at Albany State University last week. "It's either the block ... or you become the smartest (expletive) around."

He criticized rappers who use racially offensive slurs as common slang, and said too often so-called street credibility is valued over true knowledge among young blacks.

"This is your world, but it won't be your world if you're not mentally prepared for it," he said.

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