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"Crack a Bottle" (CD single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?