"Can't Stop Me" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Uninspired glorification of mean streets gets gritty.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Glamorizes a life of no-rules partying: "Thank you all for coming out this evening / Having a good time with your liquor and your treason."

Positive role models

The song is basically one long boast about how the artist is
unstoppable in every realm: rap music, street violence, and sexual
prowess. Role models don't need to brag -- their qualities are self-evident.

Violence

Lots of extremely graphic violence: "Forty-five on the other side of a peep hole / Head shot from point blank, call it a free throw."

Sex

Explicit sexual references: "Bang the baddest chicks in the world / Maybe twice."

Language

Hardcore swearing kept to a minimum but some off-color words like "nigga."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

References a broad spectrum of drugs including marijuana, heroin, and oxy(contin).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this song glorifies every known vice, from graphic sexual references, to the hardest drugs, to extreme violence.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Jadakiss
Release date:March 10, 2009
Label:Roc-A-Fella
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 10 years old March 11, 2014
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17
QUALITY
 

N word!

It has the n word in it. Not good for kids. They only give me an option for 17+ , but if I could, I'd say 21+.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byKaty0 April 10, 2009
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17
QUALITY
 

Not appropriate

Teen, 14 years old Written byJAZZYBEAR March 26, 2009
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2
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jazzybear

i think this is a cool webstie

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