A shopkeeper was arrested for stocking the album, and then the band were arrested for performing tracks from it, all in Florida. However, the USA has a thing called the First Amendment, guaranteeing Freedom of Speech, and the suit was thrown out. Eventually. But it was an important part of upholding that freedom that the USA has (and virtually no one else). For what it's worth, the album was dirty, but when it came out, it was certainly no worse than WASP or dozens of other bands. I think it more had to do with race of the artists and the genre of music than the obscenity, but that's just the way it looks to me. This album, for what it's worth, was one of the few rap albums I like.
'Surfin' USA' by The Beach Boys (1963)
The issue: Plagiarising the music of 'Sweet Little Sixteen' by Chuck Berry (1958)
Before it could get to court, The Beach Boys' manager Murray Wilson (father of three members, uncle of one) settled for a joint songwriting credit. And, years later, in more than one documentary, I have heard Brian Wilson admit that he did take the song and change the lyrics and add some surf music stylings. I love both tracks, but, yeah, you can hear it. It's not note-perfect, but it is definitely there.
'Whole Lotta Love' by Led Zeppelin (1968)
The issue: Taking sections of the song 'You Need Love' by Muddy Waters (1962) (written by Willie Dixon)
So many bands and groups of the 60s "borrowed" riffs from the old bluesmen, but Led Zeppelin seemed to be a bit more blatant about it. It took years and going to court (though settled out of court) for Willie Dixon to get royalties, some money and share songwriting credit on this track which definitely took elements from the Muddy Waters song. He also got sole songwriting credit on Led Zeppelin's 'Bring It On Home', even though Led Zep tried to describe it a homage to the Dixon-penned 'Bring It On Home'; they lost that one handily. I like both the 'Love' songs, and, yes, I can hear the similarities.
'Down Under' by Men At Work (19)
The issue: The flute solo sounded like the old song 'Kookaburra', dating back to the 1930s