Written by Matt Wixon
'Obscene' and drug-themed music played at Texas state 7-on-7 tournament raises eyebrows
There was buzz around Southwest Williamson County Regional Park, this year's site for the adidas 7-on-7 State Championship, about the music being played Friday in the tournament's commons area.
I've heard a lot of music for pregame warmups at high school football and basketball games that some people would consider objectionable, although much of it is played on over-the-air radio stations. But I can see why more eyebrows were raised Friday when a deejay, on an adidas stage, was playing some edgy content in the middle of a public park.
From Coppell coach Joe McBride:
Music being played at 7on7 is obscene and filthy. This needs to be addressed!!!
- Joe McBride (@coachjmcbride) July 12, 2013
The first time I noticed the music, I didn't recognize the song but it was pretty demeaning to women. Unfortunately, you can find a lot of such songs, and yes, I've heard them played at other high school-related events.
But I was really surprised to hear the speakers blaring B.o.B.'s "Strange Clouds." Coaches, teachers, administrators and parents make a huge effort to educate teenagers on the dangers of drugs, and then a song is playing with these lyrics:
"Stay on the greenest greens, call us vegetarians You be on that minor league, but we smoke professionally" And then, more clear to the point of the song:
"And all we do is light it up All night, all you see is strange clouds Strange clouds, strange clouds"
Obviously, he's not talking about the weather forecast. I know there are many other places where people will hear that song, but do you want to give even a subtle endorsement to drug culture at an event centered around kids?
It was definitely an odd music selection at a park where teenagers were playing football and younger kids were watching the games and at a playground nearby.