NFL looking into whether Chiefs' Johnson is imitated in rap song

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ There's a new twist to the controversy
over a profane rap song allegedly performed by Kansas City Chiefs
running back Larry Johnson.
In a voice similar to Johnson's, the rap contains numerous
references to the ``f'' and ``n'' words. One passage takes aim at
Chiefs GM Carl Peterson, an apparent allusion to Johnson's holdout
before the start of the season.
Johnson denies the voice is his, and the NFL says it's
The owner of the music label that operates the MySpace page
where the song was posted had told multiple news outlets that the
rapper is Johnson, but late today he changed his tune.
Basement Entertainment owner James Tinberg tells The Associated
Press that he lied to those news outlets. He says it's not
Johnson's voice, but someone imitating Johnson as part of a
publicity stunt to promote his label.
Tinberg had said Johnson was at a recent party where he rapped
free-style. Tinberg says music engineers used sophisticated
audio-editing equipment to move Johnson's lyrics around.

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