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.”