Why radio sucks balls

In the wake of the Don Imus kerfuffle earlier this year, Russell Simmons convened a secret meeting of some of the industry’s top Tall Israelis. Hip-hop was coming under attack, and clearly something had to be done. Their solution? From now on, the words bitch, nigga, and ho are no longer allowed to be uttered on hip-hop radio stations.

As one of the angry feminist beeyotches who live to criticize hip-hop pointed out, this policy is retarded, in the sense that you already can’t say those words on hip-hop radio stations. Which may or may not be true. I’m not sure what the official rules are, as handed down by the government, but I’m pretty sure I’ve heard those words used in rap songs played on the radio.

For example, I know for a fact that I’ve heard that Ludacris song “Youse a Ho” on the radio here in the STL. I can’t say for certain whether or not the word “ho” was bleeped out, but you’d think a song like that would be pretty incoherent without it. Certainly now that Blood Diamond Russ has banned the word from the radio, that song just isn’t going to sound right anymore. Which is unfortunate.

Think about it: I’m a grown-ass man with no wife or kids or anything (and no girlfriend, for that matter); if I want to hear a black woman be called a good for nothing beeyotch on the radio in my van on the way to the BGM (where I have to deal with good for nothing beeyotches all day, mind you), why shouldn’t I be able to?

I’m sorry, I thought this was America!

Of course I could, but I’d have to pay $15 a month or whatever it costs for satellite radio. The reason being that satellite radio costs money and hence isn’t governed by the FCC (though there has been a tendency towards self-censorship in the wake of the Imus incident), but what difference does it make, really?

Cable TV pretty much operates under the same principle. Basic cable is still supported by advertisers, so there’s a limit to how far you can go, especially during the day. But if you tune in during the evening, or to a premium station, you can see all types of shit. (Don’t even get me started about pay per view!) If there’s a difference, it’s that pretty much everyone these days has at least basic cable, while only a small minority has satellite radio.

The thing is, TVs are purposely designed so that they hardly even work unless you shove money in them (think about it), where as radios work perfectly well. Some songs even sound better on the radio than they do on the damn CD. (Again, this is on purpose.) Satellite radio, if you notice, is actually an inferior product to plain old terrestrial radio, except that you can say what you want on satellite, so long as you don’t offend the wrong people.

It seems ridiculous that I should have to come out of my pocket for some shit that I don’t even need just so I can have access to a full range of entertainment suitable for a grown-ass man. And what about those of us who don’t have the means? The idea that some people shouldn’t have access to the same information as the rest of us just because they can’t afford it seems pretty backwards, especially once you consider the extent to which issues of race and class are intertwined in this country.

In that sense, I suppose it isn’t any wonder that rap music faces so much more scrutiny than other forms of entertainment.

  • Smoke McPot

    WOoooooooooo 1st!@

  • http://myspace.com/wabdamuss Wab

    Good article, but you kinda started repeating yourself at the end. Hopefully that’s the liquor talking.

  • http://www.fuckbol.com I hate Bol

    3rd

  • Chuck

    probably the best post you’ve written in weeks. Good job skippy.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    I feel your pain Bol (w/ the exception of around the anal area).

    There is nothing but space to add channels but nothing has been added. The radio stations (and sometimes personalities) have not changed since I was born. No new stations. I actually had the sattelite for a while but it isn’t worth the 15 bucks unless money isnt a issue, but if thats the case you dont listen to radio.

    I cant even bare to watch cable with out the guide on the screen. Channel surfing is no longer a past time. Besides, you pay for 250 channels but only watch 10 of them. Whats with that (think, that old white guy from 60 minutes [or something] who questions the dumb ish Americans do).

  • Dick Hurt

    This post started off with a bang, but stunk like a mexican immigrant balls after the 1st paragraph………

  • P-Matik

    How do you figure that terrestrial radio > satellite radio?

  • Tyler

    Do your thang BoL, yea’ they tryin’ 2 play us like monkeys with this one yo. I mean if it was a white thing we would not even be having this conversation but have U noticed of late ‘dat anything ‘dat we blacks dominate they try and elminate? We cuss better than most and bam! They cut it back. We slang crack better than anyone and bam! They raise the penelities 4 crack higher than sellin’ straight whitegirl. We go 2 Vegas & make it Rain like a government created storm called Katrina and boom! They kick us outta the NFL for the season. Next thing U know they will control how hard or deep we can fuck these paleface bitches. Oh tha’ horror.
    UrbanRock
    http://www.myspace.com/marcusorealiusmusic
    http://www.myspace.com/marcmaysrockandrollthug

  • http://www.first.com First

    You’re welcome for that “I thought this was America” link.

  • Incilin

    “Some songs even sound better on the radio than they do on the damn CD”

    ^^^^^^^^^^^ Are you kidding me??? No way. Shit on CD sounds sooo much better. I don’t know what the hell your talking about there.

  • Danny

    This post is fuckin pointless….

    Seriously, who the fuck listens to the radio anymore??…

    I am proud to say that since that “Lean with it, rock with it/Laffy Taffy” era I have not even turned on the radio…

    The closest I have gotten to listening to the radio is when I switch cd’s in the car, those couple of seconds that it takes to eject the cd and pop in the next one… but thats it….

    We shouldn’t be arguing about why the radio sucks, the point is it does so just don’t listen to it…

    All the radio does is brainwash you into liking what they want you to like…

    Seriously, how many times have you heard a song on the radio and thought it was pure “Bolshit”… but as time passes you hear it so many times, you knida feel forced to accept it…

    So the point is fuck the radio….

    Ya dig??

  • thatwhitedude

    this shit made no damn sense to me at all, i don’t get what you are trying to argue here, hopefully you’re just drunk, i only like the “you’re the man now dog” link and that was about it…

    “Some songs even sound better on the radio than they do on the damn CD.”
    ^^^^^^ what songs sound better on radio???????????????

  • thatwhitedude

    LMAO @ Tyler’s post, i hope it was sarcasm hahaha, maybe i just don’t get this post cause i haven’t listened to the radio in yrs…CDs and iPods are where its at, welcome to 2007

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >How do you figure that terrestrial radio > satellite radio?

    It’s a buncha extra equipment to do essentially the same thing a plain old regular radio does, except a plain old regular radio doesn’t cut out nearly as often.

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    woah, kind of lost me at the end there bol. however, i am incredibly hungover, so who knows?
    the “i’m sorry, i thought this was america” link had me rolling though.

  • V

    I don’t know about you but I love Sirius satellite radio. They do play the same crap during the day, but it’s still waaaaaay better for the specialty hip hop shows & other channels like the Jamie Foxx channel. I love satellite radio & some college radio.

  • KLETEWOOD

    I be traveling around the country here and there.

    All I have to say is RADIO sucks in certain fucking states. I was just in Florida and I swear Justin fucking Timberlake was on the radio every second. I was in Hawaii and all I heard was “this is why i’m hot”…

    Sometimes your forced to listen to the radio and it makes you go insane.

    I listen to hardcore fucking rap. STRAIGHT KILLER SHIT. With the exception of 106.1 KMEL in the BAY….Or, 92.3 the BEAT in LA>>>>RADIO SUCKS.

  • these posts are racist

    So do you think regular radio should be able to play anything without any limits?

  • these posts are racist

    …and your constant use of the “TI” reference, is racist.

  • http://myspace.com/k0nfidence k0nfidence

    magnificently put bol. i’d quote some of the best parts, but it would take too long. very well put. F the FCC. Not all women are hoes, just the ones that deserve to be called one, they know who they are.

  • O

    BOL you are the biggest homo associated with hip-hop. Go back to your dark room and play with your self.

  • c.i..z.z.l.e.

    Bol’s best post evar

  • RotterdamSoldier

    Why is his constant use of the TI racist?would you rather have him say Jews?

  • dolo

    Get A damn Ipod bol

  • try me

    There’s not too many Black people on radio, there’s too many Niggas!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Patrick Swayze’s Personal Trainer

    …It’s called a CD, maybe you’ve heard of them, maybe. And you would peruse YTMND, you would.

  • http://poisonousparagraphs.blogspot.com/ Dart_Adams

    Byron “Bol” Crawford wrote:
    Think about it: I’m a grown-ass man with no wife or kids or anything (and no girlfriend, for that matter)

    Dart Adams responds with:
    That above statement SAYS it all^…with that type of self loathing attitude towards your OWN people and women, expect your status to stay the way it is currently.

    One.

  • flash

    you need to just pony up and spend that $15 a month on sirius… tell the truth. you spend that much everytime you go to mcdonald’s. what’s that like 45 bucks a day?? quit cryin bruh.

  • beeyo the man with the plan to scam stan for his fan

    To-to-toatally duuuuuude

  • Harold Crick

    Bol may be a grown ass man, but he listens to the same free radio as the third grader who lives down the street. Radio isn’t censored to protect adults. It’s censored to protect kids. So if you’re going to argue against censorship, explain why it’s a good idea for little kids to hear those kinds of words, not why you should be able to.

  • http://JovanMiles.net Jo Van Giogh

    Ya know, most of the major program directors at these radio stations are in fact white people…and the playlists for most major radio stations are designed by someone up in the corporate office.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mrmanish707 Mr Manish

    nah foreals what sucks balls is yall not having no new bangers up here

  • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

    Its a conspiricy to sell records, lol. Think about it, you hear a song on the radio with all the good words bleeped out. For the most part you can call what words would be there, but it makes you wanna hear the uncut version, so you go buy the record. LOL.

    Naw its for the babies man, any kid can turn on the radio. It seems lame, but to a certin extent I understand it. Once we get into telling the artists that they cant even USE those words, thats where I get pissed.

    I only listen to the Radio at work, and thats the free XM on my AIM, so w/e. But in the car, at home, ect, Its all about CD and Ipod. Sometimes I rock the uncut rap or w/e on the free digital music channels. Not edited and still commercial free.

    1 hunned.

  • Danny

    Dart_Adams Says:

    June 19th, 2007 at 10:07 pm
    Byron “Bol” Crawford wrote:
    Think about it: I’m a grown-ass man with no wife or kids or anything (and no girlfriend, for that matter)

    Dart Adams responds with:
    That above statement SAYS it all^…with that type of self loathing attitude towards your OWN people and women, expect your status to stay the way it is currently.

    One.

    ^^^
    Do you honestly think all the “Bolshit” that Bol puts on these blogs are his real feelings??

    Bol knows that Controversy sells! Therefore, 98% of the time he writes blogs just stir controversy and attrack readers!

    Whether you agree with him or not, you have to admit it attracks your attention…

    *With all that being said, it still does not justify some of your blogs (Stack Bundles R.I.P)….

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >Radio isn’t censored to protect adults. It’s censored to protect kids.

    Um, yeah. Feel free to read my story whenever you’ve got the time.

    A couple of questions:

    Are the Internets and cable TV censored to anywhere near the same extent as radio?

    Is it really that much more difficult for a child to access either of them?

  • Gutta Gutta

    Russell Simmons is a sell-out. How could he not have the guts to defend the genre of music that he helped pioneer. He was so quick to push for a three word ban when mainstream media started criticizing hip-hop. Russell ain’t hip-hop he’s a fake ass corporate nigga. What happened to the real brothers who stood up and defended the culture like 2pac and Chuck D.

  • sk

    lmao….”attrack” “attracks”……..what???????

    attract, attracts

  • KLETEWOOD

    Bol Says:

    June 20th, 2007 at 11:08 am
    >Radio isn’t censored to protect adults. It’s censored to protect kids.

    Um, yeah. Feel free to read my story whenever you’ve got the time.

    A couple of questions:

    Are the Internets and cable TV censored to anywhere near the same extent as radio?

    Is it really that much more difficult for a child to access either of them?

    ^^^^^
    BOL..as you know; YOU CAN SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT ON THE FUCKING INTERNET….

    Hence…the name of this blog is “Why Radio Sucks Balls”.
    Can kids access it? YES
    Is it more difficult than radio? YES….it aint FREE

    You can’t say this shit on TV…unless you pay for it (HBO, SHOWTIME, ETC).

    Bottom line…WE HAVE TO PAY FOR SATELLITE RADIO, PAY FOR THE INTERNET, & PAY FOR TV…

    BUT, ITS AN “ADULT LUXURY”.

    SHIT….I PAY FOR PORN TOO!!! HAHAHAHA

  • JE

    Ha HA This is funny. Im posting with someone else’s info again. this is probably how my e-mail account got fucked up. YOU SUCK XXL.COM!!!!!!!

  • dez

    why does xxlmag suck balls

  • fliichiik

    wooow for the most part this article is good. Radio does suck balls. I’ve already given up on music and television. Thank GOD I have an i-pod or i don’t know what i would do.

  • doctor69

    ummmm fuck the radio and danny complains yet he a dipset groupie real talk

  • Purple Hulk

    REALEST PARAGRAPH EVER, I JUST HAD TO QUOTE THIS.THIS IS THE REAL SHIT THAT THEM DUMBASSES LIKE BILLY X WONT WRITE

    Think about it: I’m a grown-ass man with no wife or kids or anything (and no girlfriend, for that matter); if I want to hear a woman be called a good for nothing beeyotch on the radio in my van on the way to the BGM (where I have to deal with good for nothing beeyotches all day, mind you), why shouldn’t I be able to?

  • Danny

    sk Says:

    June 20th, 2007 at 11:12 am
    lmao….”attrack” “attracks”……..what???????

    attract, attracts

    ^^^
    SK, AKA Spell Check,

    I deeply apologize for my grammar errors… lol… You dudes will hate on anything!!

    GOD DAMN!!…. lol

  • http://XXL BUCK THE WORLD

    FUCK BOL!!!!!!!!!!

  • i’ll shit bag u

    bols mother could suck da gum outta blow pop!!fuckin hooker