Tuesday, July 13, 2004

The Jadakiss 9/11 Controversy

It's funny the controversy surrounding Jadakiss's lyric on the song called "Why"?, in which he makes a statement that Bush had something to do with the WTC attack. Dead Prez and Paris must be mad; they would crave for this kind of attention.

Ruff Ryders/Interscope artist Jadakiss is receiving a lot of attention for his single "Why?," featured on his new album, "Kiss of Death." The song questions President Bush's involvement in the events of Sept. 11, 2001, with the lyric "Why did Bush knock down the Towers?" The line has prompted some radio stations to edit the track. According to sources at MTV, the "Why?" video was serviced to the network without the lyric.

To me, this illustrates how its not so scary what Dead Prez or Paris say about 9/11, and their comments have been far more controversial, but when Jadakiss says it, this scares the crap out of people.

Some programmers say they were serviced only with the version that omitted the line -- in both the radio edit and the "clean" version. "Actually, the uncensored version of that line [on the album] is probably my favorite in the whole song," says one PD, who asked to remain anonymous.

"Since they can hear us in [Washington] D.C., and I don't want [the] Secret Service knocking down my door in the middle of the night," the PD adds, "I'll stick to the clean version."

However, it is pretty contradictory how these program directors don't have the same feeling of apprehension with some of the rest of the stuff pumped to an overwhemingly young demographic.

While some stations air an edited version of the song, other stations like WGCI Chicago and WWPR New York have opted not to. "I saw the video, where they edited the [song], but when it came to playing it on the radio, we never thought we should [edit it]," WWPR PD Michael Saunders says. "Freedom of speech gives him the right to say what he does. No one edited 'Get Low' by Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz."

I love it. Rap artists are expected to just rap "gangsta" and people don't get mad. Now he throws in his own opinion on something political, and it had to be "edited". I hope more artists, even the ones I don't like, say to hell with these program directors, MTV, BET and all the rest of these outlets, and to hell with what I'm expected to say or do. Now to me, that's truly "gangsta".

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