"Black and Yellow" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Money rules in explicit rap song; too mature for tweens.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 20 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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

Violence
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.

What 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.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDrDreVEVO April 2, 2011

Go to Youtube Music and they have the the clean version by Atlantic Records

If you go on youtube music you will get the clean version but it is the offical song and youtube took out the strong language and It's by AtlanticVideos an... Continue reading
Adult Written byAlexandre M. February 20, 2018
Catchy and fun
Teen, 13 years old Written bystan101 April 28, 2012
Teen, 14 years old Written byLadyGaGa96 February 6, 2011

14+

Love this song

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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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