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  • As Nasty as They Wanna Be [Skyywalker, 1989] C
  • Banned in the U.S.A. [Luke/Atlantic, 1990] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

As Nasty as They Wanna Be [Skyywalker, 1989]
The ACLU may not want it advertised, but this record is pornographic; that's one of the few good things about it. Hooked by two Hispanic/Asian working girls uttering rhythmic fuckwords, the number-one rap single "Me So Horny" packs the gross eroticism of a good hard-core loop. Romance isn't an issue; liking women isn't even an issue. Thus there are few distracting rationalizations about how this or that bitch did them wrong--these Miami knuckleheads are just normal red-blooded American misogynists. They like it "rough and painful"; they tell men how to "give her more than she wants"; they never touch a woman anywhere but between her legs. And only rarely do their raw samples generate the heat of the single. So in the long run, they're almost as unlikely to inspire good sex as a sermon by Donald Wildmon. They don't belong in jail. But remember John Holmes: he who lives by the dick shall die by the dick. C

Banned in the U.S.A. [Luke/Atlantic, 1990] Dud

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