April 5, 2010 by DJ Elroy
Yes, that’s what happens when ignorance and emotion get in the way of reason.
It seems that political correctness, intolerance, and censorship have finally dipped their poisonous tentacles into the realm of electronic dance music and ignorant discussions have blown up in several music circles across the web. Grab your pitchfork and let’s run this bitch outta town!
I’m talking about the “Grace of God” remix that snuck up on everyone shortly before the WMC. First reactions? People loved it. Groovin’ filtered house vibe, a retro throwback and a dangerous hook with enough polish to move any dancefloor. Then people started listening to it: Hey, I’ve heard this sample before! But then they started reading too much into it: “Let’s find a place, they say, with no Blacks, no Jews, and no Gays.” What? How dare they?!
Several people were up in arms over this (misquoted) line… Many demanding the song be taken down from the digital marketplace and the artists banned. One email shot out to Beatport screamed:
“I’m writing in response to Hott 22 “Grace of God” listed under the label’s WMC 2010 release. I don’t know if anyone gave this a good listen or not, but the song clearly has lyrics that advocate hatred towards Black People, Jews, and Homosexuals. I can’t believe that Beatport, or an artist using the service, would allow such trash to be published under its name. While I think that every person is entitled to his/her own opinion, if I were Beatport, I would feel humiliated to learn that such hate mongering had been associated with my name and would refuse to publish the song.
As a Beatport user with profound respect for the service, I thought that you as Customer Service representatives would want to know about this pathetic excuse for “art”, this excrement of Hott 22’s ears that is currently decaying on your site.
Thank you for your time. “
So what are they missing?
First of all, this is a remix of a song that came out in 1979 by Machine (American funk disco group formed by August Darnell in 1977)… A jam about exactly the opposite of what people are saying. It’s not a song advocating hate towards those that are different, but pointing out the intolerance of society. Check out the lyrics and original tune:
Carlos and Carmen Vidal just had a child
A lovely girl with a crooked smile
Now they gotta split ’cause the Bronx ain’t fit
For a kid to grow up in
Let’s find a place they say, somewhere far away
With no blacks, no Jews and no gays
There but for the grace of God go I
Poppy and the family left the dirty streets
To find a quiet place overseas
And year after year the kid has to hear
The do’s the don’ts and the dears
And when she’s ten years old she digs that rock ‘n’ roll
But Poppy bans it from home
Baby, she turns out to be a natural freak
Popping pills and smoking weed
And when she’s sweet sixteen she packs her things and leaves
With a man she met on the street
Carmen starts to bawl, bangs her head to the wall
Too much love is worse than none at all
Wow, that just drips hatred. Right?
This song has been remixed a bunch of times in the past (anyone else recognize the hook around the 3m mark? Bonus points to those who can name songs/albums that sample this track… I can think of 2 off the top of my skull)…
Now I can understand how someone only catching a snippet of the song may take it out of context.
But what worries me even more is what I’m hearing from some DJs and Artists… The message I’m getting is if there is something that you disagree with it needs to be banned… If there is something somebody somewhere may find offensive it needs to be taken down.
Apparently that’s the society we’ve become.
So what about all that music (especially in the hip hop culture) that is lewd, offensive, violent, and derogatory? Sure, there are people that complain, but DJs? How many jocks are sending angry mail to those labels demanding the music be pulled down? How many of the people that are up in arms over this even raise an eyebrow at at gangsta rap?
It just goes to show the hypocrisy of some and the intolerance of the so-called tolerants.