A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
Lil' Wayne is fighting mad in DROP THE WORLD, his new collaboration with eternally irate rapper Eminem. Like many of his peers, including Kid Cudi and Drake, Lil' Wayne searches for greater meaning through his music, referencing his struggles to get ahead yet failing to find satisfaction once he gets there. Wayne's track has an especially hard edge, however, with the artist using violent metaphors to describe his efforts to achieve success: “I search but never find, hurt but never cry / I work and forever try, but I’m cursed, so never mind / The top gets higher the more that I climb / But soon for a n---a it be on, motherf--cka / ‘Cause all the bulls--t, it made me strong / So I'ma pick the world up and I’ma drop it on your f--kin’ head.” The edited version bleeps out the swearing, but the aggressive undercurrent remains.
Is it any good?
In keeping with its dark content, this song’s tempo is heavy and plodding, with a high-pitched synth-line interspersed throughout that makes the whole effect somewhat weird. The juxtaposition of the artists’ differing rap styles works a bit better, with Wayne’s slow, throaty delivery making for an interesting contrast against Em’s quicker, lighter tone.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how to deal with feelings of anger and emotional pain like the kind Lil’ Wayne describes in “Drop the World.” Is literally lashing out against the world the best way to cope with problems?
Other than physical violence, what are five ways to release tension and achieve peace of mind?