RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- In Saudi Arabia's music shops, where employees are always careful to protect this country's Moslem values by blacking out bare legs and cleavage on Western album covers, the biggest seller is one of America's raunchiest groups.
2 Live Crew's "As Nasty As They Wanna Be," rap music so explicit that last fall a federal judge in Florida declared the album obscene, is selling off the shelves.
To be sure, someone has touched up the photo on the cover.
But no one has suggested that its sensational tracks shouldn't be heard in the capital of the Saudi kingdom.
And they do. By the hundreds, according to salesmen at several music shops in both Riyadh and Al-Khobar in the Eastern Province, who report that rap music, particularly 2 Live Crew, is hot.