After seeing a number of gangsta rap acts enjoy success in 1993—most notably, Snoop Doggy Dogg's debut Doggystyle landing at No. 1 on the Billboard charts that year—C. Delores Tucker, the founder of the National Congress of Black Women, decided to launch a protest against the entire gangsta rap genre. So she brought together a group of women, including Dionne Warwick, Melba Moore, and Sister2Sister publisher Jamie Brown, who were passionate about trying to take rappers like Snoop, Dr. Dre, and 2Pac down. They congregated outside of record stores in the Washington, D.C., area and protested against the sale of gangsta rap albums because, after sitting down and listening to a handful of successful gangsta rap projects in '93, they felt as though the music was harmful to the community.
"It was very offensive to us as women because it glorifies sex, drugs, rape, and the vilest form of human relationships anyone can imagine," Tucker told the Chicago Tribune in early 1994. "And our children emulate these things they hear and see… . We're not against rap. We're only against gangsta and misogynistic rap. Everybody wants to look cool like the gangstas and carry guns to school. Even going to prison is cool. Young minds are being exploited to see only the worst in the African-American community."
Tucker & Co. didn't stop at just protesting outside of record stores, either. They also bought shares in big record labels like Sony and Time Warner, which allowed them to protest at shareholders' meetings. And they made such an impact that, within just a few years, rappers were dissing Tucker in songs. 2Pac famously rapped, "C. Delores Tucker, you's a motherfucker/Instead of tryin' to help a nigga, you destroy a brother," on his 1996 single, "How Do U Want It?"
It did little to deter Tucker, though. She continued her crusade against gangsta rap throughout the 1990s and early 2000s until her death in 2005.