An interview of Shepard Fairey and Mike Miller discussing their collaborative Easy E tribute piece.

What strikes you most about Easy E’s involvement between the battle of free speech and obscenity?

SF: Freedom of speech is really, really important, so ya know…  the idea of obscenity to me… I can’t even relate to that concept because if it can happen in the real world then it can’t be obscene, obscene would be about something that couldn’t happen, so violent that it’s not possible.  But human beings are capable of a lot, so just reporting on what human beings have done is never going to be obscene.  There’s a debate about whether it’s glorifying or not…  I think people are sophisticated enough to see the difference between license people take creatively and what they are encouraging.  But yeah, I may not want my seven year old listening to NWA but I still think that NWA and Easy E have every right to produce the work they produce.

MM: To touch on what Shepard said… All they did was to explain how the streets were…  There were strawberries in every neighborhood.  Everything that was going on in their music was directly from the streets…  They didn’t make up what was going on in the lyrics, it was just the truth.

Link to the Shepard Fairey, Mike MIller discussion.

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