Silent rap

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Cliff Stod­dard, coun­sel for the Se­nate per­ma­nent sub­com­mit­tee on in­ves­ti­ga­tions, was in­trigued to learn last week that top ex­ec­u­tives of the four ma­jor record com­pa­nies are un­will­ing to crack down on ex­plicit mu­sic lyrics, par­tic­u­larly by rap artists.

“I found it in­ter­est­ing,” Mr. Stod­dard told Inside the Belt­way on May 14, “be­cause last week, I was ap­proached by a young man who iden­ti­fied him­self as an ‘up- and-com­ing’ rap artist. He had made CDs with la­bels and mu­sic and told me that he was pro­mot­ing his rap, which con­tained no ob­scen­i­ties or de­grad­ing ref­er­ences to women.”

“I told him that I would sup­port his fledg­ling ca­reer and paid him for one of his CDs. Not a rap fan my­self, I still placed the CD in my car’s CD player to lis­ten to it as I drove away. The CD was com­pletely blank. I guess that rap with­out ob­scen­i­ties or the degra­da­tion of women does not re­ally ex­ist af­ter all.”

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