MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Purple Haze Nightclub will no longer play "hard rap music," according to the business' Facebook page.
The club said it "tried to accommodate an urban crowd that hit all of the downtown dance clubs when a club on Beale St. decided to go in a different direction."
They went on to say, "Unfortunately there is a bad element associated with parts of that scene."
"Rap music doesn't cause crime. People cause crime," Beale Street patron Taj Sanford said.
In response to a Facebook comment that alleged the problem is their staff being affiliated with drugs and crime, Purple Haze said, "the issue is black on black crime outside the club that we cannot control."
"That is very unfair. It's not a black issue or a white issue. It's just an issue," Sanford said.
Purple Haze went on to say in a later comment that "most of the so called black clubs in this city have been forced to close due to violence."
Purple Haze announced it will now play old-school, clean hip hop and top 40 hits instead of the "hard rap music."
"You need to address it in a realistic manner, not change the music like that's going to magically solve your security issues,," Beale Street patron Tonya Lewis said.
"If there was security out there to stop it, there wouldn't be a problem. They couldn't put the blame on us," William Matthews, a Beale Street patron, said.
The club's original Facebook post has been deleted. A spokesperson for Purple Haze released the following statement about what happened: