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 track from Seattle-based rapper Macklemore is an uplifting party jam about his musical journey and coming into his own in the industry. The lyrics are mostly clean and optimistic ("independent s--t hustler," "pimp strut walking," "damn" are as bad as it gets), making it a fine pick for younger teens.
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What's the story?
Following the success of the smash viral hit "Thrift Shop," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have issued "CAN'T HOLD US" as the latest single from their October 2012 album The Heist. While there are no gimmicks this time around, the song has caught fire due to its catchy chorus, empowering lyrics, and the rising star power of the Goodwill-shopping emcee.
Is it any good?
The hook is anthemic and the rap is interesting and distinctive, while the production is strong and melodic. Some might find some of the lyrics a little cheesy or too similar to motivational speaking, but if you're willing to accept his sincerity, there's a lot to like about Macklemore and this single.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the idea of positive or message rap. Why is it so rare these days for a popular hip-hop song to steer clear of materialism and misogyny?
Macklemore rose to prominence through viral hits like "Thrift Shop" and "Same Love." How is this song different from those tracks, which relied on hot-button topics to attract attention?