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 12:00 AM, 31-MAY-05
  Jake Sisko Does Rap

Cirroc Lofton, who grew up playing Jake Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, told SCI FI Wire that he is working on a rap album that will include some mentions of his character and his work for seven years on the series.

"Sure, the Jake Sisko character will have some lines dropped in here and there," Lofton said in an interview at Enigma Con at the University of California, Los Angles, over the weekend. "One beat will use the original Star Trek theme song and have that beat in a hip-hop type of mode."

Lofton said that he's been working on the album ever since he first heard rap music six or seven years ago, about the time he joined the DS9 cast. Now 26, Lofton said he is planning on releasing his album, called Divine Intervention, by September through Infinity World Entertainment.

"For me, it's a natural transformation from poetry to this," Lofton said. "I'm a rap lyricist. Rap is a very powerful tool and either can be used correctly and incorrectly, and I hope I can get my messages out there. I want it to be enjoyable, inspirational and educational."

Not that it'll be squeaky clean: Lofton admitted that the music will feature a few four-letter words sprinkled about. "It's part of life," he said. "Kids in school are cursing, but at younger age than when I was in school. I might emphasize the words for emotion, but not use it in a song because I have nothing else to say."

Lofton added that he'll bring his music to future Star Trek conventions, but said that he's not concerned that his music will be relegated to the same bin as William Shatner's disco album. "Some people have tried and not done so well, but I'm willing to take that risk," Lofton said. "If you don't take that risk you're stifling yourself."
 



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