johnsu01 (johnsu01) wrote,
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Censoring the non-dirty words.

This is pretty funny. Picked up from boingboing.net, this enterprising site has taken NWA's Straight Outta Compton and inverted the traditional parental advisory warning, so that the contents contain only profanity.

At first I wasn't so sure about this idea, because I thought that it was a way to make the music look bad or irrelevant, a viewpoint I don't agree with. It could be an attempt to mock the music by reducing it down to the swear words and saying, "See? That's all there is to it." Maybe that's what it is. But I think it's a brilliant swipe at censorship. It's a way to accent what's being excised. Anthrax took a similar approach with their song, Startin' Up a Posse. And that song is directly derivative of George Carlin's Filthy Words routine. Straight Outta Compton was an important album in many censorship debates, and a great choice for this project.

We'll see if the project is allowed to remain on the Web or not. I guess it will probably be taken down due to copyright issues, which is laughable, and sad. I'm not sure what NWA's track record is on the copyright issue (or whoever holds the NWA purse strings these days), but I hope they realize this is a statement on their side and leave it be. I know they were on the defensive side in a copyright case involving the samples used in 100 Miles and Runnin'.

To hear some other thoughts on the language questions, I recommend listening to the interview on NPR's Fresh Air (of all places) with Ice Cube. He answers questions about whether he regrets the language used on those NWA albums, and tells some stories about the ways various authorities kept an eye on them.

On other note, why is the Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial playing Sweet Home Alabama?

Tags: boing boing, fresh air, hip-hop, language, music, npr, nwa, rap
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