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Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has called for the ban of "b***h", "ho" and
"n****r" from all rap songs.
All extreme curse words must be cut from 'clean' versions used for
broadcasting, but the definition of such words is unclear.
Record companies can choose which offensive terms to delete and many allow
"b***h", "ho" and "n****r" to remain on tracks because they are not
Simmons, of Def Jam records - who has signed the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J
- says the derogatory terms should be considered "extreme curse words" and
excluded from all 'clean' versions.
He has now called for a lyrical standardization throughout the broadcasting
industry to clearly define which words should be cut.
The record boss said: "We recommend they're always out.
"This is a first step. It's a clear message and a consistency that we want
the industry to accept for more corporate social responsibility.
"Our discussions are about the corporate social responsibility of the
industry to voluntarily show respect to African-Americans and other people
of color, African-American women and to all women in lyrics and images."