LIZZO – GRRRLS 2022
Lizzo’s latest hit GRRRLS was met with controversy when it was launched in June. After the viral success of About Rattling Time, the artist may do no fallacious within the eyes of Gen Z, till her new track hit Spotify.
Many took concern along with her use of the phrase ‘s**z’ within the first verse of the brand new track
Lizzo addressed the controversy on Twitter after she modified the lyrics.
KANYE WEST – FAMOUS, 2016
Kanye West’s Well-known – from his Lifetime of Pablo album – sees him rap about former rival Taylor Swift.
The rapper says within the opening line: ‘I really feel like me and Taylor would possibly nonetheless have intercourse,’ he then went on to ‘I made that b***h well-known’.
The lyrics sparked outrage and a dialogue about misogyny in rap, it additionally triggered a web-based row between the 2 artists over permission to make use of the lyric.
ROBIN THICKE – BLURRED LINES, 2013
In addition to inflicting a stir with its sexualised music video, followers took concern with Robin Thicke’s lyrics in his hit observe Blurred Traces.
The observe referenced non-consensual intercourse, utilizing lyrics similar to ‘I hate these blurred traces, I do know you need it’.
Edinburgh college students’ union banned the track in September 2013, claiming it ‘promotes an unhealthy perspective in direction of intercourse and consent’.
Robin later defended the track and stated Blurred Traces was being banned by ‘individuals who do not perceive the track.
‘I wrote it about my spouse [Paula Patton]. She’s my good woman. And I do know she desires it as a result of we have been collectively for 20 years.’
MILEY CYRUS – WE CAN’T STOP, 2013
She went from fresh-faced Disney star to a rebellious rock chick, and a few of Miley’s lyrics triggered controversy when she broke away from her Hannah Montana persona.
Some took concern with Miley’s reference to unlawful drug use in her 2013 observe We Cannot Cease, which included the road ‘attempting to get a line within the lavatory’.
Miley additionally referenced ‘dancing with Molly’, nonetheless later said that if her followers had been 10-years-old and listening to the track it was ‘dancing with Miley’.
The singer stated the observe was a mirrored image of ‘the place she was at her in life’.
TAYLOR SWIFT – PICTURE TO BURN, 2006
Image to Burn was launched on Taylor’s Taylor Change album, and written by her and Liz Rose and within the angsty breakup anthem, teenage Swift airs an inventory of grievances in opposition to an ex-boyfriend.
‘The man I wrote this track about, I did not actually ever ‘formally’ date,’ Swift stated of the track later. ‘It actually bothered me that he was so cocky and that is the place that track got here from.
‘I discovered myself simply sitting there with my guitar going, ‘I hate his silly truck that he would not let me drive. He is such a redneck! Oh my Gosh!’ That really turned the refrain to the track, in order that’s one of the crucial trustworthy songs I’ve ever written.’
The track was launched on the album in 2006, nonetheless, followers imagine the lyrics had been re-edited in 2008 to take out the very fact Swift had used ‘homosexual’ as an insult.
The road was additionally taken out of Swift’s video from 2008, changed by the brand new model.
BLACK EYED PEAS – LET’S GET IT STARTED, 2003
Earlier than the Black Eyed Peas discovered fame, they launched a track titled ‘Let’s Get R******d’ in 2003.
The track was re-recorded so a much less express model may very well be utilized in commercials for the NBA Playoff in 2004.
Mockingly, the extra applicable model of the track was met with extra industrial success, peaking at quantity 20 on Billboard Scorching 100 for 2 weeks, and was later launched as its personal single.
The band by no means addressed the title and the lyric change publicly.
The slur comes from the the Sixties time period ‘psychological retardation’, which was initially launched as a medical time period to explain individuals with mental disabilities, it was since changed into an insult that was notably prevalent within the 90s and noughties.