from Rock & Rap Confidential/1999

Universal Music Group not only censors its own artists, but those on labels it distributes. Ronald Williams of Universal-distributed Cash Money Records (Juvenile, Big Tymers) told Phyllis Pollack in the May Rap Pages that, over his objections, even the "explicit" versions of albums have words blotted out electronically. A Universal spokesperson admitted that Bill Bennett’s attacks on the company for signing a distribution deal with Interscope were a catalyst for the decision to have an in-house "review board" oversee lyrics. Pollack added that "No one at Universal would go on the record as to who is on the committee, their age ranges, how the people are chosen to serve on it, if there are any recording artists on it, or what its decision making process is."

[from Rock & Rap Confidential/1999]

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