A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
What's the story?
Five years after Jadakiss released his last full-length CD, Kiss of Death, the rapper's back with CAN'T STOP ME, the first single off his new album, The Last Kiss. Not much has changed: the song features the same ample amount of references to sex, drugs, and violence that have made this artist's music largely off-limits to kids. Like several other tracks on the new CD, Can't Stop Me includes a guest appearance by another artist (singer Avanna Irish).
Is it any good?
The smooth rhythms and guest vocals from Avanna Irish give this track an appealing R&B groove. Listen to the lyrics, however, and you hear nothing but the same overblown bravado that typifies so many rap songs -- and seems kind of tired: "I treat the rap game like a large monopoly / one on one niggas can't guard me properly." Lacking the lyrical cleverness heard in earlier Jadakiss cuts, the song's boasting ultimately seems more pathetic than cool. Parents who want to allow their kids to listen to this song should at least opt for the edited version.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what leads rappers to praise anti-social behavior in their songs. Does the music industry actually encourage rap artists to produce CDs that reference gritty street life? Are there other topics that rappers could cover without making them appear uncool?