A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that F.A.M.E. contains a mixed bag of messages. Some songs, like "Beautiful People" and "Next 2 You," are squeaky clean and positive. Yet others, like "Look at Me Now" and "Deuces," are extremely explicit (graphic sex and language) and negative -- so much so that they alone are enough to put the album beyond the reach of tweens and young teens. Parents of young Chris Brown fans should point them to the album's more kid-friendly singles instead of purchasing the whole thing.
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What's the story?
F.A.M.E. is the second full-length album by R&B singer Chris Brown since his notorious acts of violence against former girlfriend/fellow R&B singer Rihanna. Some tracks, like "Beautiful People," are upbeat and positive, with lyrics like "your beauty, it's inside you, don't let 'em bring you down," while others, such as "Deuces," are filled with foul language, very explicit sexual references, and tons of swagger. Despite the positive messages in certain tracks, even the clean version of this record isn't for young ears.
Is it any good?
Like Brown himself, the tracks on F.A.M.E. are all over the musical map. His talent and creativity show through big-time in several infectious songs like "Paper, Scissors, Rock" with Big Sean and Timbaland, and "Bomb" with Wiz Khalifa. However, other plodding tunes, like "Up to You," sound much the same as any old R&B single.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Brown's troubled past. Will audiences overlook his past behavior? Can you separate Chris Brown the man from Chris Brown the musician?
The tracks here represent extremes between model behavior and criminal acts -- just as Brown did when, after assaulting Rihanna, he went for months with a clean record before lapsing back into violent behavior by breaking his dressing room window after a sensitive media interview. What can Brown do to break free of the back-and-forth and finally move past his negative behavior?
Name five things you can do to help yourself cool down and feel better when you're upset.