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Boaters say rap lyrics befoul lake air

CHICAGO, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Artist Snoop Dogg rapped to a different beat at a weekend Chicago concert with boaters blowing horns to protest the bass-heavy music and obscenity-laced lyrics.

The protest -- which organizers said included boaters on Lake Michigan and people in the arena parking lot honking car horns -- followed a second weekend of hip-hop music wafting across the lake, Tom Collins told the Chicago Tribune.

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"It's not just about the boaters," Collins said. "It's also about the families who want to walk along the lakefront."

He was one of dozens of boaters who exchanged e-mails about an Aug. 26 concert that featured hip-hop artists. Collins said boaters left the docks when that concert blasted loud music and shook their boats, the newspaper reported Monday.

Snoop Dogg's performance Sunday at the Charter One pavilion was part of the Download 2007 festival.

Boaters have complained to Charter One officials, the Chicago Park District and city officials.

Park District spokeswoman Jessica Maxey-Faulkner said performers must abide by noise levels established two years ago when the venue operated by Live Nation opened. She said the venue maintains a dialogue with boaters, including posting a concert schedule.

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