Music Monday 111 : Profanity in Music
Recently I was hangin out w/some colleagues and the topic of 2 Live Crew's "Face Down ..." was mentioned (don't exactly remember how that came up in casual conversation among academics, but it did). Wow, all of a sudden a batch of memories came flooding to the surface.
Remember in the late 80s and early 90s and all of the crazy, profane music that was released? I was working in 'black radio' at the time and lots of rap music came through the radio station that we were unable to play on the radio due to FCC restrictions on profanity. Just didn't make sense to try to edit out all of the cuss words.
Remember PMRC? Parents Music Resource Center? Tipper Gore? And their crusade to save the youth from evil lyrics in music? Ha. Good times indeed.
I won't provide a parental advisory sticker, but here's a short recap of some of the rappers who stand out in my mind that I listened to, but that we never actually played on the radio:
Now that's a way to start the work week, right?