Fans of Akon’s “I Wanna Love You” who decided to buy the explicit version of Konvicted from iTunes have been shocked–shocked! at the swearing-allowed version of the song, in which the title’s verb is changed from “love” to something a bit more primal. To protest, they’re going the Web 2.0 route and leaving irritated screeds on the album’s iTunes Store entry. A typical comment comes from Concerned_one:
Usually when a song is made “clean” it just eliminates the “naughty” words, but on a song like “I Wanna Love You” it completely changes the meaning. I assume that the explicit version is the original. But the clean version equates F*^#$ing with Love. this is not the case.
Love is something that is respectable and honest. this song is just about a moral-less man’s desire to satisfy his overactive libido the song by itself is poorly written, does not offer the listener anything beyond a misogynistic attitude set to a crappy beat. but the Worse disservice is the way it equates the tasteless lyrics in the original version with the “clean lyrics”
Looks like someone was forced to do a last-minute change to their wedding song! Anyway, there are pages and pages of this, and the debate veers all over the place, from intimiations about Akon’s sex life being unsatisfying to a debate over whether Akon should be compared to Phil Collins. It makes for much better reading than the song’s Wikipedia talk page, that’s for sure.
Konvicted (Exclusive Version) [iTunes]