"Drop the World" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Lil' Wayne and Eminem use violence to get ahead.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Becoming physically aggressive against others who frustrate you is a thoroughly negative message for anyone to hear -- especially young kids.

Positive role models

Known for exceptionally mature content and tons of swearing in their songs, neither Lil’ Wayne nor Eminem is an ideal role model.


Doesn't describe the type of guns-and-weapons violence that typifies some rap songs, but has an exceptionally aggressive overtone; for example, the lyric "bitch, I’m a pick the world up and I’m a drop it on your f--kin’ head" is repeated throughout.

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Tons of f-bombs, the n-word, and the s-word.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that “DROP THE WORLD” describes an extremely troubled guy who attempts to succeed by literally knocking others out of the way. The f-word appears repeatedly throughout the song, and many of the lyrics discuss acts of violence.

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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.

Families can talk 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?    

Music details

Artist:Lil Wayne
Release date:December 21, 2009
Label:Cash Money Records
Genre:Adult Contemporary
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Written byAnonymous April 11, 2011

Inappropriate, annoying, and AWFUL

I have always hated rap throughout my life but my bus driver never listens and doesn't care. As a result I have to listen to this junk on the way to and from school and it is annoying, inappropriate, and downright awful, making me wonder how this rap music was ever allowed to be played in the busses by the board of education. Normally my reviews for things are longer but I can't stand one minute of this awfulness and not much else needs to be said.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bynotanidiot98 June 23, 2011

Speaking my mind

You f*ggots are all dumb, take whatever is shoved up your as* and take it out and realize that 'cussing' isn't a bad thing. They're words. I'm white, wanna call me a cr*cker? I don't care! It's a word. And who gives a s*it if they promote violence? The dumba*ses that made this review probably had the coziest childhood with no problems, not realizing there is plenty of violence and sex in the REAL world, and you need to tell your children that.
What other families should know
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byDefenderOfCulture March 12, 2011

Rap: Art, or Trash

Rap is defninitely an art. You either love it or you hate it. Some view it as hate-ridden slurs against the world, others view it as masterpieces, painted by the rappers with their mikes and their minds. Are nude ancient grecian statues porn? No certainly not, so rap music should not be judged so harshly. You either appreciate it or you don't.
Kid, 12 years old April 22, 2013


good to release anger. average amount of cursing
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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