Sunday, 18 October 2009

Straight Outta Compton - the clean version (...and clean 2 Live Crew)

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This might seem like a joke, but it actually exists, and you can grab it by clicking the link on the bottom of this post.

Straight Outta Compton, one of the biggest and probably most controversial rap albums of the 80s, the album that basically popularised gangsta rap for America and the rest of the world (sorry, Schooly D), was re-recorded by the group without any swearing. The content is still the same, mind you, but the language is sanitised and radio friendly.

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The story behind it?

Well, certain shops in the States won't carry albums with bad language or parental advisory stickers. In order to access those stores, and eventually get radio play, NWA re-wrote and re-recorded (nearly) all the tracks on the album. The only missing track? Fuck Tha Police. Presumably because there would be nothing comparable either aurally or content-wise that would work on that track. On top of that, I Ain't The 1 stayed the same, as did Somethin 2 Dance 2... because they had no cursing to start with.

Other rap groups did this at the time as well - 2 Live Crew being a comparable example from the same era, releasing "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" and then "As Clean As They Wanna Be". Dre and Snoop re-recorded their singles with no curses as well - clean versions of Nuthin But A G Thang, Let Me Ride, Doggy Dogg World and so on being performed perfectly with no swearing.

Anyway, here's the classic "Straight Outta Compton" album, now reasonably safe to play with the kids about. If you're missing Fuck Tha Police, then check out the Adam Buxton post from a couple of weeks back with "Help The Police", which I'm sure you'll find a more than adequate substitute.

Straight Outta Compton (clean version)



here's As Clean As They Wanna Be, the 2 Live Crew clean version of "As Nasty As They Wanna Be", as mentioned above. It's awful, but some of you might want it. I grabbed it from here, which is a pretty dope site for older out of print stuff.


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