Not satisfied with shocking lyrics, musicians have always upped the X factor of their songs with 'outrageous' music videos. And Eminem tops the list. After experimenting with betrayal, divorces and drugs in his notorious videos, he is back to doing what he does best - shock and awe.
In his latest video, Space Bound, he ruthlessly pulls the trigger on himself. In the video a dejected Eminem realizes that his girlfriend is cheating on him. This betrayal creates an emotional hole' in him and drives him to 'put a hole in his chin'.
The lyrics, in his trademark style are shockingly violent -'I'm trying to stop you from breathing, I put both hands on your throat, I sit on top of you squeezing.'
Here's a look at some recent videos, which have invited the wrath of many for the 'hair-raising content'.
Her name is synonymous with controversies and she never lets us down. With graphic gynecological details and psychedelic imaging, Gaga's ode to gays - Born This Way - left people either comfortably numb or just nauseated. Bordering on porn, the video depicted Mother Monster with her legs in stirrups giving birth to herself (gay character) - a perfect race. While the singer's artistic endeavours ensured it a top slot on the Billboard, it was banned in Malayasia for hurting Muslim sentiments.
Fiery haired Rihanna shoots a man who sexually assaults her in Man Down - a feminist revenge song, sending watchdogs are up in arms, who slammed the singer for promoting violence. Defending the allegation Rihanna said that it was 'art with message'. Though it showed a woman being sexually assaulted, ironically, the video's female-driven violence was the reason it was considered so shocking. Though highly debated over the 'violent' issue, the video garnered more than 12 million times YouTube in a week.
Though Rolling Stones named Kanye West's latest album 'My Dark Twisted Fantasy' as the best Kanye West album, the album sparked controversy because of its nude cover which shows a nude monster in a sexual position with a black man.The video of the song goes on to show Kanye in a relationship with a phoenix, a nude lissome beauty wearing nothing but just feathers. Though panned by many watchdogs, the artistic album addresses issues of racism, media facade and civil rights.
Erykah Badu was critiqued for indecent exposure for her controversial video Window Seat. The video shows Badu taking stripping completely right outside where JFK was assassinated. The video has raised questions about freedom of expression v/s hurting public sentiments. While some claim that the artist is making a political statement, elitist conservatives find it offensive.