In the last few years, hip hop music has become a musical phenomenon, drawing
listeners from all over the globe, including the United States. Controversial lyrics and
sexual overtones have stirred conservative sentiments in the US. Many songs with foul
language are censored, and sex talk is bleeped out. But does this censorship really works
on the radio? Listening to a couple of broadcasted rap songs will make anyone switch the
station out of irritation. Most of the time, radio stations censor the music by reversing or
just plain cutting out the dirty word or phrase. As anyone listens to hip hop or rap music,
knows that it is hard to understand the lyrics, not to mention when the song is all
chopped up and bleeped out. Yet, if censoring of the inappropriate lyrics wasn't enough
for you, then listen a little closer and you might here some non-offensive words bleeped
out as well.
I'm not sure what radio stations in the US have against the word 'pants' ,
but it seems to be a trend to cut it out of songs. For example, in the songs 'Lean Back'
by Fat Joe, and 'My Band' by D12, both have the word 'pants'bleeped out of the songs.
I didn`t figure out why the word 'pants' is considered so offensive.Could it be that the
censors think people will presume that the singers are suggesting to the listeners to take
their 'pants' off? Censorship is a difficult, often misunderstood job. Since there is not a
clear, concise definition of what someone might find offensive, censorship is left up to
the judgement of the individual censors. But given that the average listener doesn't
understand all the lyrics of the average hip hop or rap song, it is for sure that...