"Black and Yellow" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Money rules in explicit rap song; too mature for tweens.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The song's intense focus on money and material things, along with substance use and lots of sex, makes for an overall negative message.

Positive role models

The actions and attitudes in this song are about someone whose primary goal is to social climb.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some sexually-charged lyrics: "Not a lesbian, but she a freak though / Come stay for one night, I’m shining all week, ho."

Language

Liberal use of "f--k" and the "N"-word.

Consumerism

No specific product names, but lots of talk about diamonds and materialism.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Mentions drinking and marijuana.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this song is about rising to the top of the social heap by impressing people with a lot of money, partying, and sexual conquests. It includes some graphic language and adult references, putting it out of the league of younger kids.  

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

"BLACK AND YELLOW" is a single from Pennsylvania-based rapper Wiz Khalifa (born Cameron Jibril Thomaz). Like so many songs in the genre, thetrack talks about making it big on the music scene -- and all of the material spoils that come along with that. Diamonds and moneydominate here, with some sex, substances, and swearingthrown into the mix.In the end, this isn't asongfor younger audiences.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This single's musical formula is tired: generic synth hook, lackluster vocals, and worn-out rhymes. It's hard to distinguish the track from the rest of the rap pack, which continues to grow larger as more and more talented artists enter the fray. With this in mind, Wiz Khalifa will have to work a lot harder to stand out.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the glamorization of wealth by the media. Why do some songs, TV shows, and movies portray material wealth as something so valuable?

  • Are there certain music genres that glamorize wealth more than others? If so, which ones, and why?

Music details

Artist:Wiz Khalifa
Release date:November 14, 2010
Label:Atlantic
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 14 years old Written bySashaxrosee February 3, 2011
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12
QUALITY
 
I LOVE this song! it has a great beat! Who cares what the lyrics are saying? Nobody really cares anyway! Anyways,for all those "kid" reviewers, I honestly do not think they are really "kids". Obviously they are adults trying to make it seem like they are kids, and you can tell they're are not. Anyways, I love this song. Good and Catchy! Definately OK for 12 and up.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written byGary Meraz December 31, 2013
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18
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Bad Language

Not for little kids cause there saying bad words like F word and N word. Some kids might repeat those words.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old July 5, 2013
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12
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HATE IT

I don't like it! I just don't. I rate it 12 and up becuase it has a lot of bad stuff in it but it goes so fast you can barely hear it unless you watch the lyrics.

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