"Rack City" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Hip-hop track is vulgar, unoriginal, and sexist.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Nothing positive about this song whatsoever; glamourizes gambling and throwing money at "bitches."

Positive role models

No positive role models here.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Tons of talk about sex. Lyrics range from having "your grandma on my d--k" to talk of throwing money at "ya t-tties, bitch"; video shows Tyga in nightclub watching exotic dancers and one continually gives him a lap dance.

Language

"F--k" and "N" word many times; "bitch," "s--t," "d--k," t-ts," "ass," "goddamn."

Consumerism

Video shows rapper in Vegas.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lyrics mention dope, video shows girl smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this song and video are not for kids. There's tons of profanity, including "f--k" and the "N" word, and the track glamorizes gambling, money, strippers, and women as objects. The video shows a scantily-clad female in a thong doing a provocative lap dance the entire time. There's an edited version of this song available, but the negative message is still there, not to mention some language that's still inappropriate for kids. 

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Hip hop rapper Tyga (stands for "Thank You God Always") is known for his single "Coconut Juice" with fellow musician and cousin, Travie McCoy. In "RACK CITY," Tyga glorifies Las Vegas, talking about gambling, strippers, breasts, and being in the club. The video features the rapper in a nightclub/strip bar with a very scantily-clad female dancing for him. 

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Hip-hop songs can sometimes have iffy language and adult themes, but many of them are clever or thoughtful. Then there are songs like "Rack City." This track is a lame attempt at hip-hop, with rhymes and phrases that a 5-year-old could write (minus the completely vulgar and offensive language, of course). Tyga just sings a lot about "bitches" and throwing money at the naked ones, and that's about it. This song is not worth a listen, even for the staunchest hip-hop fans.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the way that women are often portrayed in hip-hop or rap music. Do you think it is positive or negative? Give examples of both. Why do you think it's necessary for some musicians to incorporate sexist messages into their music? Does it help sell records?

  • Tyga is related to another well-known musician, Travie McCoy. Do you think this has helped or hurt his career? Does it make a difference when a less-known artist is connected to someone who is already famous? Does it make you more or less likely to listen to their music? Why?

Music details

Artist:Tyga
Release date:December 6, 2011
Type:Single
Label:Cash Money Records
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 16 years old Written byAlice Gracious January 25, 2012
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

Don't Good at All

The Most Horrible Song of 2011.
Not advisable to hear.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bybeastboy069 February 20, 2012
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

Amazing

Awesome song.

Adult Written byHot Fuss February 18, 2012
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

stupid

stupid

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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