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 rapper's new offering is sexist, misogynist ("we gonna share the same bitch, I go first"), violent (gunshot sound effects and much, much, more), riddled with drug references ("I drop a bag off" at every opportunity), filled with product mentions -- but also tedious and unimaginative.
What's the story?
Listening to 50 Cent's CURTIS, it's only natural to expect at least a line or two of soulful songwriting. Unfortunately, 17 tracks' worth of monotone posturing offers up loads of (very sexist) sex, drugs, and violent -- oh, wait, don't forget homophobic and racist -- party fun, but no poetry. Well, never mind. At least the guy can put a song across, right? Well, actually, he's got a pretty tedious take on that too.
Is it any good?
With a vocal range of about five notes and stunningly repetitive tracks, 50 Cent isn't exactly what you'd call a crooner. Lines like "we gonna share the same bitch, I go first" aren't likely to make this a hit with the ladies, and the many, many references to gun play (including visceral sound effects) won't go over at Grandma's house. Add four-letter words, racist language, and matter-of-fact references to drugs, and this starts looking like a really good one to skip.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why so many rappers have to be shocking in order to gain attention. Could they get their point across as vividly with milder language? Aside from shock value, what do they accomplish artistically by pushing the envelope in this way? Families can also talk about what qualities make a CD exceptionally boring, despite obviously provocative content. Is it limited vocal range? A lot of thematic and lyrical repetition? What's your favorite song, by any artist? How could you "50-Cent" it up and make it really, really boring?