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Bill's CD shuns rude rap

By unknown | Apr 16, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Beloved TV star Bill Cosby is set to release a hip-hop album - but refused to rap on any of the tracks because of the genre's "negativity".

The Cosby Show actor, 70, is behind the new CD, Cosby Narratives Vol. 1: State of Emergency, which blends the comedian's stories with a hip-hop, pop and jazz soundtrack.

But Cosby insists he didn't want to integrate rap into his sound because rapping is "profane for no reason".

"I do not rap on any of these things. I wouldn't know how to fix my mouth to say some of the words.

"(The album is) the opposite of what I think is the profanity for no particular reason, the misogyny for no particular reason. It really looks at the frustration and the anger that a young man may have."

His producer, Bill "Spaceman" Patterson, says: "He's (Cosby) always been involved in music and ... has always understood rap's potential, but he was appalled by the foul language and the misogyny - the way people used a medium that could be used to elevate people, to open their eyes and provoke thought."

Cosby doesn't want this record to be his last: "We can do even better. The next one will be even more cheer-leading."

The CD is due for release next month. - Wenn


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