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Cleveland radio edits "LeBron" out of Jay-Z song

Posted on: December 15, 2010 9:41 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:36 pm
Cleveland radio station 96.5 FM has digitially edited a popular Jay-Z song so that the word "LeBron" is indecipherable. Posted by Ben Golliverlebron-jayz

One look at all the signs and shirts displayed and worn by Cavaliers fans the Miami Heat's trip to Cleveland earlier this month makes it clear exactly how welcome LeBron James is in Ohio these days. reports that Cleveland radio station 96.5FM WAKS has taken that dislike a step further, digitally editing "Empire State of Mind," a popular rap song by Jay-Z, to obscure the word "LeBron" so that it cannot be clearly understood on the radio. 
What was once “[If] Jeezy’s paying LeBron, I’m paying Dwyane Wade” – a reference towards the purchase price of an illegal drug – is now relatively indecipherable as the two-time NBA MVP’s name is edited – or as female hip-hop star Missy Elliot calls, “flipped and reversed.”
WFNY caught up with the man behind the decision, night time disc jockey (“Java”) Joel Murphy, to discuss the move. Murphy tells us that the decision was more of an epiphany, but its one that the station feels resonates well with Clevelanders given their well-documented feelings towards the departed James. “I was playing the song and realized that the word “LeBron” is as offensive to some people as the ‘Seven Words You Can’t Say On The Radio,’” said Murphy. “Anytime one of those words shows up in a song, we either bleep it, cut it out completely or obscure it by flipping it backwards. So, I suggested to our programming dept that we should treat the name “LeBron” similarly.”
Hats off to WAKS for the creative and above-board nature of their LeBron-hating. It's enough to make this blog consider a similar policy, but we write about James so much if we did implement similar censorship there would be so many asterisks it would look like it was snowing year-round. Hat tip: Deadspin.

Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 2:47 am

Cleveland radio edits "LeBron" out of Jay-Z song

cleveland is really showing how much class they have by doing this, and being completly unprofessional as well, can you say what a sad city? you were never going to win anything anyway even if he was there you didnt have enough weapons so stop acting like a bunch of little girls and start acting right

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 12:51 am

Cleveland radio edits "LeBron" out of Jay-Z song

I want to know why when every other free agent leaves a city thye dont get treated this way, is it because he was born in Ohio? that he has to play there his whole life? who gives 2 if he leaves your city, he doesnt know anyone in cleveland anything, he couldnt win there so he went where he could win, i hate lebron but i dont blame him, get the fuKK over it already, i dont remember the magic doing this when shaq left or when kobe refused to play in charlotte when he was drafted, so y lebron? i would leave cleveland too, have you ever been there? its almost a 3rd world country..

Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2010 9:45 pm

Cleveland radio edits "LeBron" out of Jay-Z song

Ok his image in the NBA is definately NOT TARNISH, your just another bitter Cleveland Fan

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2010 3:15 pm

Cleveland radio edits "LeBron" out of Jay-Z song

Lebrons legacy has been severely damaged throughout the NBA and completely ruined in Cleveland. No wonder they flipped and reversed his name in the song. The guy has flipped and reversed his public persona. Until he leaves his bubble of horrible advice from friends, LeBum will never realize how tarnished his image is and will never wear the crown of King.

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