Censored and uncensored versions of Hip-Hop and R&B songs have been around for many years. Radio stations stick with the clean version which we all come to love and appreciate, but it’s when we hear the actual song on an album we get the total surprise of what some of the lyrics and hooks are really supposed to be!
Talking with my panel of experts including Morning Maddhouse’s Church Boy, Midday Artie “The One Woman Party,” and Promotions Promyse, I’ve come to the conclusion that cleaner songs definitely sound better and are more PC in public than their dirty version counterparts…but I could be totally wrong!
Check out our collection of examples that have very distinct censored and uncensored versions of their songs, and let us know what do you like better: clean or dirty versions?
Jay-Z ft. Amil & Ja Rule – “Can I Get A…”
Listening to this song growing up on the radio and watching the music video MTV, I had my first encounter with words of a song being different on separate versions of a song. I never knew that Jay-Z’s ‘can I get a what what’ is actually ‘can I get a F— You!’ Even though I’m a grown man now and wanna shout the explicit lyrics out, I like to resort back to the good ole days and use ‘what what’ while the ladies in the club respond back with ‘can I get a woop woop.’
Juvenile – “Back That Thang Up”
This is another song from the glory days of being a teenager listening to hip-hop music, but Juvenile’s “Back That Thang Up” is an instant classic now that can be heard by any age. That’s why I prefer to here the clean version and not “Back That A– Up” since you don’t want to be dancing and singing the dirty lyrics when your parents and family are in the room.
Rick Ross ft. Usher – “Touch’n You”
When this song first came out I instantly loved the pairing of Usher and Rick Ross together to create this hit track. But when I eventually heard that Usher’s hook is “F—- You,” I was totally shocked. Maybe ladies would love it if Usher sang it dirty to them like that, but my momma raised me to try and treat ladies with some respect & dignity…plus, ‘touch’n you’ just sounds so much better to me, probably since it sticks more in my head from the radio playing it more often.
Trey Songz – “2 Reasons”
There’s no reason for Trey Songz to even say “B—-es and the Dranks” in this song. I don’t know of any female that wants to be called that name while dancing to this track in the club. Just keep it “Ladies and the Dranks” Trigga Trey and we’ll all be good to go.
Nicki Minaj – “Did It On Em”
I can never get the visual image of Nicki Minaj ‘doing something’ on her haters and other female rappers when listening to this song. Hey Nicki…Put your number 2′s in the air and keep it in the bathroom, especially if you are going to sing the dirty version. I personally think both versions belong in the toilet.
A$AP Rocky ft. 2 Chainz, Drake, Kendrick Lamar – “F—— Problem”
This song has everything going for it! I’d say it’s my favorite song out right now in hip-hop, but HOW IN THE WORLD do you sing the clean version of this song?!? 2 Chainz’s hook usually just sounds muffled and slurred after the “I love bad______” because of the bleeps and censoring of words. The dirty version uses so many expletives anyways that I feel bad even listening to a song like this around teenagers. A$AP Rocky…next time you make a track, record a clean version of the song using different words so that when radio plays it, the fans don’t have to stutter and have no clue what to sing.
What songs do you think fit the same Clean/Dirty version argument? Do you like clean or dirty songs better and why?