“Well they’re not that bad, but that’s about all the credit you can give them.” “The whole album is a shuck.” “Just like Cream! But worse.”
That’s how Rolling Stone introduced Black Sabbath to the world with their review of the band’s self-titled debut record. Pretty harsh, seemingly unfounded, and words that would likely be taken back if they had to do it all over again.
Bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler has been on the receiving end of criticism from people who felt the content of his music was controversial. Now, he’s turned the tables and offered up his take on the popularity of a new hit song.
Butler was interviewed by Kerrang! Magazine and was speaking about the controversy that stemmed from his 1997 song “Unspeakable Elvis.” Butler admitted he leaned into his rebellious side as the song harkened back to his teenage days when he first found out about rock ‘n’ roll.
“I remember when Elvis [Presley] came out everybody said he was Satan. And then in the ‘60s and ‘70s he became America’s national treasure,” he said.
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That brings us to Cardi B. Butler discussed how rap music had a similar trajectory where it was deemed offensive before being embraced. A seemingly positive message took a turn when he said “that Cardi B pisses me off with that WAP song. It’s disgusting!”
Butler is not a fan of “WAP’s” lyrical content pointing to an experience his friend had as why. “A friend of mine didn’t know what the song was about but his 10-year-old girl was singing it! I was like ‘What?!’ To put it on album, fair enough. But to put it out as a single? That’s a, it’s a bit much,” he said.
For all his outrage, Butler is self-aware and was able to poke fun at himself. “Then again, I’m 71. A bloody old goat!” He exclaimed.
Cardi B isn’t too concerned with how people interpret the song and whether or not they think it’s too vulgar. In an interview with RADIO.COM's Ivy Unleashed from Power 96 in Miami, Cardi said “I just feel like there's other female rappers that have said so much nastier stuff.”