"Crack a Bottle" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Violent, misogynistic, and alcohol-soaked rap.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The rap single begins with Eminem introducing himself with these lyrics: "In this corner, weighing 175 pounds,
with a record of 17 rapes, 400 assaults, and 4 murders,
the undisputed, most diabolic villain in the world:
Slim Shady!"

Violence

Eminem introduces himself by bragging that he is a rapist and murder.

Sex

The chorus includes the lyrics, "O-oh o-oh, bitches hopping in my Tahoe, got one riding shotgun and no not one of them got clothes,
now where's the rubbers? Whose got the rubbers?
I noticed there's so many of them
and there's really not that many of us." Although the song marginally promotes safe sex, women, or bitches, as they are continually referred to in the song, are portrayed as disposable sex toys.

Language

Bitch is frequently used in the song and there are also a few s--ts and f--ks. The "N" word is used once by 50 Cent. Eminem also makes a lewd comment about male genitalia.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The song's title sums it up: Crack a Bottle, encouraging listeners to open up some bottles of alcohol and get the party started. As 50 Cent raps, "It's bottle after bottle,
the money ain't a thang when you party with me." There's also brief allusions to drunk driving and smoking marijuana.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this song is getting lots of press for being such a huge hit, it's definitely not for kids -- no matter how much they may argue that their friends have downloaded it! Although there is a smattering of expletives throughout the song, the tone of misogyny and immorality is what makes this single a no-go for anyone under 17.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

CRACK A BOTTLE received a record-breaking 418,000 downloads in its first week online. The single, for now, holds the title for best sales in its opening week. Of course, one major reason for the success of the single is due to the lyrical draught rap audiences have been experiencing from Eminem, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent. Eminem has been on a nearly four-year hiatus and this release marks his re-emergence to the music scene. This song is off the album Relapse.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Collaborations seem to be a sure-fire means to success in the rap game. Take three or four popular rappers, group their rhymes together and you got yourself a hit. Many times however the result is an incoherent mess of verses. But on this single, Eminem keeps things running smoothly by not only setting the tone with on-point raps, but providing a chorus that is instantly appealing. As far as lyrical content goes, there's nothing dramatically new here -- the rappers cover the same territory that has always worked for them in the past. With its misogynistic, gross, and violent imagery, this song is for grown-up rap fans only.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why this song is so popular. Do you think the immediate success of the song is due to Eminem's inactivity in recent years? Do you think it can sometimes help an artist to drop out of the spotlight and then wage a comeback? Can you think of any other artists who have had successful comebacks?

Music details

Artists:50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Eminem
Release date:February 2, 2009
Label:Aftermath
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 11 years old December 23, 2009
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

not a good song for kids

eminem is always funny but curses a lot same with dr dre, 50 cent. eminem says lots of random things that parents wont like like dr dre here for 400 assualts 17 rapes 40 murders.and the grossest line iv ever heard eminem say it was lick the cheese from under my nuts kiss my butt. it was sick
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byim13legit February 18, 2009
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2
QUALITY
 

great song

i loved it and ur kids will too. also when commonsense claims eminem is introducing himself as a rapist and a murderer its not true he introduces his villainous alter-ego slim shady.
Kid, 8 years old February 6, 2011
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

rules

great song!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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