Progressive Themes To Keep Pop Music Fresh
An Bigger Palette of Naughty Words
The days where only ‘baby’ profanities like the occasional damn are far behind us. Today, regardless of morality or amorality, few give such swears a second thought. Honestly, years ago could a teen pop star (regardless of age) like Justin Bieber have gotten away with a line like “Loving you is so damn easy to me…” (“Die In Your Arms”). Think about this, how often do you hear the word ‘butt’ used anymore? It’s much rarer than before. Shocking to me was the fact that Wale kept it semi-classy on his club banger “Clappers” (The Gifted) by opting for ‘butt’ instead of… you get the picture (“Shawty got a big ole butt, oh yeah!”). Also, what about the free flowing name-calling? Seems as if a**hole is acceptable as well.
To the current generation of music listeners/lovers (those like myself in their twenties and younger), it’s not unusual to be accustomed to songs with excessive profanity and words that would make our parents and pastors cringe. Sure it’s been going down in rap and edgier metal, rock, and R&B for sometime, but it’s expanded beyond those styles. Maroon 5 added some salty language on their ubiquitous number two pop hit “Payphone” which raised eyebrows on the chorus (“…All those fairytales are full of s**t / one more f**king love song, I’ll be sick”).
On recent Panic! At The Disco single, frontman Brendon Urie once more adds “god” in front of “damn” as an ‘intensifier’, much like he did back on 2005 triumph, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”. Chris Brown seems to love f-bombs, as it seems like many of his collaborations in particular find an occasion for him to utter the formerly tasteless obscenity. And what about the suave Robin Thicke? On “Blurred Lines”, he doesn’t call his girl the ‘hottest chick’, but goes all in to call her the “hottest b***h in this place!” with emphasis. Likely doesn’t help take the heat off any misogynistic accusations about the song, but, yeah. Whether it’s a positive attribute or not, the profane has become trendy.