Epiphany

 
Rapper with drug, sexism, and swearing issues.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The "N" word is used a lot; very sexist assumptions ("I can turn a 'ho into a housewife any day"); "I f--ked her and didn't have a rubber on me...the girl had HIV" and "You wouldn't do what you do unless you're tipsy/you wouldn't be the freak you are."

Violence

There's some violence, and it's gotta be the other guy's fault: "Why you got to f--k up my night?/Now we got to fight and I'm gonna knock out your lights," like there's no choice in the matter.

Sex

Pretty explicit in a very sexist way: "You didn't expect me to turn you around/spread it out and put it down...open up the back door and put your legs up/put you right on my hood."

Language

Lots of explicit language.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A lot of references to drinking; kilos, ecstasy, and other drugs are also mentioned.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's explicit content, racist language, and a "let me get you drunk so we can get it on" ethos front and center on this CD. On "I Got It" T-Pain greets the news that his lover has HIV with compassion, then on "Suicide" goes on to blame her for the infection and responds to the news by "drinking for days."

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What's the story?

T-Pain provides two definitions of the word \"epiphany\" for fans who might need to know, as \"the manifestation of a supernatural being\" or \"a sudden moment of insight of revelation.\" Although the vocabulary lesson might come in handy for some, it sets the listener up for something just a wee bit grander than is actually delivered. Instead, we get a few visceral, engaging tracks along with nonstop explicit sexist bluster, drinking and drug references, and the level of maturity that allows a lyricist to write \"I f--ked her and didn't have a rubber on me/it seems I had to find out the hard way the girl had HIV\" -- and call it an epiphany.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Despite some stylish, infectious arrangements and clever poetry, the sexism implied in a song like "Tipsy" where a guy keeps his date's cocktails flowing because "you wouldn't do what you do unless you're tipsy" or "I Got It"/"Suicide," a song that assumes an HIV infection is the woman's fault, as well as nonstop references to drinking and getting high are enough to keep this CD out of most parental comfort zones.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the song "Tipsy," in which T-Pain says he doesn't want to get his date drunk, exactly, but "you wouldn't do what you do unless you're tipsy…you wouldn't be the freak that you are…" Do you ever feel pressured to drink or do drugs at parties? Is there a way to say no without feeling dorky?

Music details

Artist:T-Pain
Release date:June 5, 2008
Label:Jive Records
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

Ehh

I found it ok Im 13 and my mom dosent care if i listen to it. It should be for people 13 and over because little kids would get the wrong idea.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

It's Decent.

It was ok. I love T-Pain, and I deffinatly do not think this was his best work. But I still think it was appropriate for someone my age to listen to. I'd say anyone 13 or over. I don't think it was nearly as bad as everyone is saying it is.
Teen, 13 years old Written byjakek6 August 24, 2009
age 14+
 

NO KIDS AT ALL! haha

ahhh. catchy songs but not appropriate at all. stay away under 14. like no joke. thats all im gonna say. it speaks for itself. NO KIDS!!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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