Saturday as I drove along with my children running some errands, I flipped through the radio stations and finally settled on K97 FM which was playing the new song by Kanye West “Monster” featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj. As I made a quick left and then another quick left, this is what I heard….
So mommy best advice is to get on top of this
Have you ever had sex with a pharaoh
I put the *bleep* in a sarcophagus
Now she claiming I bruise her esophagus
–Kanye West “Monster”
Thank God my children had no clue as to what Kanye was saying, but I DID, and guess what, I was highly offended that this type of language was being played on the radio. True enough I am used to hearing vulgar language on the radio, so offended I was, but surprised I was not. It’s nothing new to turn on the radio and hear lyrics such as:
She said look ma no hands, she said look ma no hands
And no darlin’ I don’t dance and I’m wit Roscoe I’m with Waka
I think I deserve a chance Imma bad motha fucka go and ask them mothafuckas
A young handsome mothafucka I slang that wood I just nunchuck’em
–Wale “No Hands”
If a bitch try to get cute Imma sock her
Throw a lotta money at her then yell fucka, fucka, fucka,
Then yell fucka.
–Nicki Minaj “Bottoms Up”
Every time I turn on the radio I hear bleeped out expletives or overly sexual lyrics. The vulgarity of the music played on the radio is horrific. I mean even for a person like myself who loves all different kinds of music from R&B to a little bit of country what is being played now is too explicit for radio.
Whatever happened to clean versions of the songs being played on the radio? Oh wait, they say that these are the clean versions…. [blank stare] So you mean that turning the word muthafucka to something that sounds like muhhfucka is clean? Well obviously I am wayyy behind in the times because I was under the impression that clean version meant profanity being replaced by more suitable language or being completely bleeped out. Do they even censor music anymore? With the so-called clean versions being played on the radio today, any person listening knows exactly what the songs are saying even with the little “cleaning up” that is being done.
Whatever happened to music that made you feel good without being heavily laced with sex, profanity and more sex? Whatever happened to turning on the radio and saying “Hey that must be the clean version because the real version says __” I remember growing up listening to soul music and R&B and if someone even used the word damn in a song you would gasp because it was not something you were used to hearing on the radio on a regular basis. But things have changed and now hearing the word damn in a song doesn’t even cause a raised eyebrow or a gasp because the word damn is nothing compared to the other expletives you will hear being played on the radio today.
Sadly, I only hear this kind of language in Hip Hop/Rap music? Why? Why aren’t country singers spewing filthy language over their country ballads? Why aren’t pop singers screaming _oes and snitches throughout their bubble gum hits? Is it because only “our” music contains such profane and violent lyrics or is it that only Hip Hop stations will play music with such language?
I feel that it is a combination of both. Of course Hip Hop music is not the only music that uses profanity or vulgar language, because we all know that many rock songs are far, far over the edge, but do you hear them on the radio? True, far too many of our Rap and Hip Hop artists create music that promote violence and exploitation of women, but Rap and Hip Hop music aren’t the only genres of music that have these components. However, have you ever heard any radio station besides stations that plays Rap/Hip Hop music play songs with barely bleeped out profanity or extremely vulgar lyrics? Personally I can say that sadly my answer to that question is no. I have never heard any of the Soft Rock or Top Hits stations play songs that contain profanity. They play the actual “clean” versions of the songs. So why is it that Hip Hop stations feel that it is necessary to play such vulgar music?
Maybe they are catering to their audience of dedicated listeners, who they feel enjoy this music. obviously whatever surveys or research they have done proves that they do have dedicated listeners who tune in to their stations and assumingly enjoy and have no problem with the songs being played; after all they do call in and request them. But what about those of us who enjoy music, but don’t care to hear this kind of language? Not everyone wants to hear about sex, violence and money day in and day out every time they turn on the radio. It is bad enough that television is filled with sex and violence, but so is radio, so now you have to carefully choose what you listen to because the majority of what is being played and shown is sex, violence, violence, sex. There is no wonder why the younger generations are buckwild, out of control, overly sexed and running rampant. All they see and hear is sex and violence and if you see and hear that enough, you process it and it becomes somewhat of a reality to you.
****What are your thoughts on what is being played on the radio today? Should more censoring be done to eliminate some of the lyrics that are not suitable for radio? How do you feel about the lyrics of Rap/Hip Hop songs compared to the lyrics of songs of other genres?
More from BGT on Rap Music here.
…next up “I Don’t Like What I’m Seeing. I am pretty sure I talked about this before in an earlier post when I discussed my disgust on the constant tale wrangin’ that I see on television, but I think it’s time the subject is revisited.