"The Geto Boys," the rap album on the Def American label that Andrew Dice Clay's record company refused to distribute because of its glamorized violence and graphic sexual imagery, is headed for stores this week.

The album has been picked up for distribution by WEA, which, ironically, distributes Geffen Records. It was Geffen that pulled the plug on "The Geto Boys" in August.

Geffen on Monday terminated its manufacturing and distribution deal with Def American over what it said were philosophical differences.

"We find ourselves increasingly at odds with Def American's creative philosophy," said Geffen spokeswoman Bryn Bridenthal, pointing out that in the past Geffen (home of Guns N'Roses) had removed its own logo from Def American releases it considered offensive, including recent releases by Clay and heavy metal acts Danzig and Slayer. But, Bridenthal said, Def American has been going further and further in pushing the taste envelope and "because we believe both in artistic freedom and the freedom to choose the direction of our company, we felt it would be most constructive to encourage {Def American head} Rick Rubin to find a manufacturer-distributor with a greater affinity for the direction of his label."

MCA Inc. bought Geffen Records earlier this year for $545 million in stock, but the label continues to be distributed by Warner Bros. Records, the "W" in WEA (the other labels are Elektra and Atlantic). WEA President Henry Droz, insisting late last week that the largest American-owned record conglomerate is not concerned with "The Geto Boys" lyrical content, announced that the album will be handled by one of the WEA-distributed labels, though exactly which one may not be decided by the time the album is shipped Friday. Whichever label it is will be doing it strictly for clerical honors (a k a, collecting and distributing the dough), since Def American handles all the marketing and promotion.

(A leading candidate would be Atlantic, which signed 2 Live Crew in time for its "Banned in the U.S.A." album, No. 30 this week in Billboard. Of course, Atlantic can be sometimes be testy about lyrics: It cajoled the trash-metal band Vio-lence into dropping "Oppressing the Masses," a song about political torture, from its new album and insisted that hard-rock group Ratt excise a few sexually suggestive lines from "Lovin' You's a Dirty Job" from its new album, "Detonator." Too bad Warrant is on Epic, because it would have been interesting to see what Atlantic would have done with the one-minute cut on the band's new album, "Cherry Pie": "Ode to Tipper Gore" -- referring to the founder of the Parents' Music Resource Center -- is a sound collage of obscenities taken from the group's live performances.)

Rubin has been calling "The Geto Boys" album the harbinger of a new genre, "horror rap," and Geto Boy Bushwick Bill told Billboard this week that the controversial "Mind of Lunatic" (in which the protagonist slashes a woman's throat and has sex with the corpse) is "like Alfred Hitchcock in 'Psycho.' He came at it from a criminal's point of view. Why can't my record get the same respect?" For now, the Geto Boys and Def American will settle for distribution: Rubin is talking to other labels but, meanwhile, Geffen will still handle the upcoming Slayer release.

Sisters Are Dogging It for Themselves While folks ponder that one, the Geto Boys and a host of other misogynist rappers will soon be hearing things from a distinctly different perspective via hard-core female rappers. This may have started in earnest with the Ice Cube/Yo Yo doublediss duet "It's a Man's World" but charts new depths on new albums by Choice and Hoe's With Attitude (HWA). Choice's "The Big Payback" is on Rap-A-Lot Records, original home of the Geto Boys when they were still the Ghetto Boys (most of the material on the Def American album has been available for the past year on two Rap-A-Lot releases). The best cut is "Payback," in which Choice nastily disses rappers Eazy E, Ice Cube, Niggers With Attitude, Too Short and even the Geto Boys, but most of the verbal punches are aimed squarely at men-dogs. (Yo Yo's "Stomp Into the 90s" album will be released -- on Atlantic -- in January.)

HWA's "Livin' In A Hoe House" (out Oct. 2 on Drive By Records) covers much the same territory ("We can say it much better/ when we use four letters"). Both records have their moments -- funny, ugly, stupid, sly -- and just like the guys' efforts, they can become tiresome very quickly. As one current car commercial puts it, "Whoever's on top has the power," but such records are not likely to go over well with those who criticize rappers for reducing women to "bitches and hoes" and thus perpetuating the brutalization and oppression of females. A pamphlet from the Revolutionary Communist Party notes that "if you're dissing the sisters, you ain't fighting the power," adding that the word "bitch" plays the same social role for women as "nigger" does for blacks.