April 27, 1997
Rapper Mural Promotes Peace
MACON, Ga. (AP) -- A Georgia artist hopes to promote peace
with his wall painting of slain rappers and rivals, Tupac Shakur
and the Notorious B.I.G.
"It shouldn't take death to stop violence," said
Carl Dudley, a rap musician, hip-hop choreographer and airbrush
Giant images of Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., whose name
was Christopher Wallace, are on a brick wall on the side of One
Stop Music. Beneath the airbrushed portraits are the words
"Increase the Peace."
Dudley and his partner, Larry Newton of Atlanta, painted the
mural because of the similarities in the rappers' deaths. Shakur
was gunned down last November in Las Vegas; Wallace was shot to
death last month in Los Angeles. There have been no arrests in
Dudley is also an organizer of a group called NUTS -
Neighborhoods United to Survive. The group was started to
discourage territorialism that leads to violence between gangs.