51/50 Ratchet

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Young rapper is quite explicit; for mature teens.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Lots of emphasis on money and "pimpin'" ("gonna f--k some bimbos" and "I'm in the streets/can't take it out on me/getting' money dats all I know"). Mentions the word "haters" many times in reference to those against rappers/hip-hop.

Violence

"Bang" graphically references gangs, violence: "I leave a ("N" word) brain's leakin' on a stop sign."

Sex

Sexual innuendo and activity: "bent her over from the back/and hit her with the missile," but does mention the importance of using a condom: "if I can't use protection/then it ain't cut."

Language

Several uses of "N" word, other words used; "s--t," "ass," "p---y," "faggot," and "f--k."

Consumerism

Expedition, Escalade, Patron, Bacardi, Louis Vuitton.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mentions Patron shots, Bicardi, being drunk several times, and smoking.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNico9000 February 10, 2009

I thought it was not so bad

Sex: 6/10 Some references in Touch Me but not to bad. Violence: 6/10 Not so violent but a couple of moments. Language: 8/10 There's not much profanity. Jus... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byrmsywat August 6, 2009

good for all ages

remember its just music. music does not kill people do.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

As bad as soulja boy

I gave him a off not because he is not safe we hear worse but because how lame it is

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?

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