A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this 18-year-old rapper talks quite maturely and often inappropriately for his age -- or any age, for that matter. There's frequent use of the "N" word, some vulgar language ("ass","s--t", "faggot," "p---y", and "f--k"), sexual innuendo and activity, violence (some gang related), and a few illegal substances in this debut album.
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What's the story?
In his debut album, 51/50 RATCHET, Hurricane Chris talks a lot about makin' money, being a "real" rapper from Louisiana, clubbin', and pimpin' on the ladies. The CD includes his popular single, "A Bay Bay," which is a playful homage to a force in the area's Ratchet (anything out of control) movement, DJ Hollywood Bay Bay. It's catchy, and along with Hurricane Chris' heavy Shreveport drawl, beckons to old-school Louisiana funk. There's very strong language and depictions of violence and gangs in "Bang": "I leave a ("N" word) brains leakin' on a stop sign" and "gonna f--k some bimbos."
Is it any good?
Hurricane Chris is trying to be a hard-core rapper with simple rhymes and a certain lifestyle, but he still has a lot to learn about making smart, quality music. The music on this CD is somewhat repetitive and unoriginal. Hurricane Chris may be young, but this album is only appropriate for older, more mature teens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the fact that this young rapper is singing about adult issues. Does this make him more marketable in the hip-hop industry, instead of rapping about topics that are age appropriate? Is it OK that the hip-hop industry sings about "hoes," violence, and other dicey topics? Could they get their point across without being so vulgar?