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`GANGSTA' LYRICS GIVE TEENS A BAD RAP, YOUNG STAR SAYS

Rap singer Ahmad makes a point of staying away from the violent, obscene lyrics of "gangsta rap."

"How can you make this kind of music knowing kids will hear it and learn bad things from it? Black people are making these songs about black people. We're destroying ourselves, teaching our kids low self-esteem," the 18-year-old from South-Central Los Angeles said.Ahmad's eponymous debut album has G-rated lyrics that describe different scenarios from his neighborhood. His single "Back in the Day" has become a hit.