4U2C (rap group)

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Date: 1993

Region: Asia

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Music


Artist: 4U2C

Confronting Bodies: Malaysia Government

Dates of Action: 1993

Location: Malaysia

Description of Artwork: Malaysia teenage rap group 4U2C. Example of 4U2C's lyrics (sung in Malay) "... Hip Hop till Tip Top... Say no cigarettes, Say no cholestoral. Say no alcohol. Say no heart attack... "

The Incident: Despite being a popular group their songs are banned from the airwaves, and they do not appear on either of the two state-run stations. The censors are mostly concerned with the groups strong "... Western image and their appeal to the opposite sex." Malaysian youth culture, as an official from the government's National Unity department points out, 'pulls in two extreme directions - one group which wants anything that is Western; another which says anything that is Western is bad.

Results of Incident: The ban does not effect tape or Cd sales. However, with Malaysia's limited market, the best an album can do is sell 10,000 units - a threshold 4U2C's debut album reached easily. 'The lack of airtime is strangling their commercial viability as a group,' says Man Senoi, the group's producer.

Source: Michael Vatikiotis, "Rapping in Malaysia, Far Eastern Economic Review," July 22, 1993, Pg. 33