O.J. Simpson urged the crowd at a Cincinnati hip-hop concert to leave recent racial unrest behind and work to improve the city's image. "Rap has gotten a bad rap, and I know about bad raps," Simpson s

O.J. Simpson urged the crowd at a Cincinnati hip-hop concert to leave recent racial unrest behind and work to improve the city's image. "Rap has gotten a bad rap, and I know about bad raps," Simpson said Saturday at a show that featured rappers Foxy Brown and Juvenile. "We are trying to bring back hip-hop to Cincinnati. Let's not do anything to spoil it."

Dubbed the Return of Hip-Hop, the concert at the city's 3,400-seat Music Hall was described as a "healing" event for Over-the-Rhine, a neighborhood rocked by riots last April after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man.

The former football star said Cincinnati was a fun city where he had good times during his playing days. He threw three autographed footballs into the crowd of about 1,200 people. Simpson was scheduled to emcee a similar concert in Connecticut on New Year's Eve, but that event was canceled due to poor ticket sales.

Simpson, who lives in Florida, was acquitted in 1995 in the slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. He later was found liable in a wrongful-death civil case.


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