A Michigan radio station decided enough was clearly enough when it came to questionable rap lyrics and social responsibility. Citing controversial lyrics like Lil Wayne’s Emmitt Till line and Rick Ross’ recent rhyme about date rape, Muskegon’s WUVS 103.7 The Beat reportedly has decided to remove both artists from their station’s playlists.
“Many would say both rappers have taken their lyrical content too far and offended too many…While some feel it’s only entertainment, many feel it sends and encourages the wrong message. Several individuals and organizations have taken a stand and so are we.
“Effective immediately Muskegon’s WUVSlp 103.7 the Beat has pulled ALL Lil Wayne and Rick Ross music from rotation. We pride ourselves on playing music that is non-degrading and non-violent. While we believe in freedom of speech, creative writing and individualism, we refuse to be part of the problem by spreading messages that could harm or end someone’s life.”
There’s a lot going with this decision. There’s a free speech debate versus the idea of singling out two in a field of many musicians with material that could be deemed offensive. But the heart of matter is the question of whether the station’s decision is fair to both artists when they’re two out of thousands who could be considered “part of the problem”?