Land of Confusion: Nothin’ But An N Thang?

With this in mind, as well as the recent media hype discussing the issue of race and politics, I wanted to try and create some dialog about some of the issues raised by this. Obviously, any citizen of this country (musicians included) is protected (thankfully) by the First Amendment. However, the question arises: Should Brendan have changed the lyrics? Should he have changed the lyrics because of the color of his skin? Should J.B. not have changed the lyrics?

Any song, in my opinion, and according the government is a work of art. So does it not change the integrity of the song or change its meaning when the original lyrics are altered? What would Curtis Mayfield think? What would the Doggfather do? I am reminded of what Sly and the Family Stone once said.

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6 Responses

  1. Does this mean that all reprints classic art are pornographic because of nudity? I’m not trying to compare Snoop to Michaelangelo, but isn’t music art? I understand there is a deep meaning to the word, but they’re covering the song. Wouldn’t it be more wrong to change how it was written? Wouldn’t that change the meaning of the song?

  2. I’m more offended by Umphrey’s McGee’s music than by their usage of the “N”word.

  3. I think it’s just too charged a word for UM to use… I’d say skip it and skip the controversy. It’s not like their music is overtly political in the first place.

  4. I’m more offended by Nate Diggity Dogg’s overzealous commenting, chill brah, we get it, you’re so funny.

    It’s not a controversy, it’s post on teh bort, you just needed a topic for HT so you called it a controversy.
    Pffft, it’s only 3 pages too.

    Should white people not use the word in film? It’s the scriptwriter’s words, just like it’s Snoop’s word(s). I think it’s more of an honor or an homage to Snoop to keep the integrity of the song. That’s right, Ain’t No Fun has integrity.

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