A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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."
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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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