"Forever" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Four big-name rappers cut explicit tune about fame.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The raps are so chock-full of swearing, sex, violence, and drugs that it's hard to detect more meaningful thoughts behind them.

Positive role models

It's unlikely any parent would want their kids emulating the behavior the singers rap about.

Violence

Talk of pistols, “killing” rappers (presumably with words), and “raping the game” (of fame).

Sex

Some very graphic sexual allusions, such as: “I stuck my d--k inside this life until that bitch came.”

Language

Tons of f- and s-words.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

References to “overdosing.”

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the lyrics in FOREVER are extra mature in just about every way, including plenty of references to violent situations, mentions of drug use, sexual allusions, and swearing. 

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

On any who’s who list of hot young rappers, four names would definitely appear: Drake, Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West. Equally famous on their own, the guys have joined forces in the single Forever -- a tune in which each artist rhymes about both loving and hating fame. The theme is a common one for the rappers (especially Eminem and Drake), who have released scathing songs about the people who try to capitalize on their good fortune. While it's refreshing to hear more introspective raps that go beyond the simple focus on material things, these verses are so chock-full of swearing, sex, violence, and drugs that it's hard to detect the more meaningful thoughts behind them.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Each of these rappers brings a very distinct style to the table, so the combination of the four in a single track makes for an exceptionally cool listen. Of course, with egos this large, every artist had to be given his due time in the tune. The resulting song is a long six minutes -- which is pushing it even for superstars like these guys.  

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about popular rappers/hip-hop artists. Do young stars like Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Eminem grow famous because of their risqué lyrics -- or in spite of them?

  • Could these four artists approach their music in a way that is less adult yet still appealing? 

Music details

Artist:Drake
Release date:November 1, 2009
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 11 years old February 7, 2011
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9
QUALITY
 

cool has the sme feel as swag like us

my and my bff know all the wordsz drakes raphas a good message but he didnt have 2 swear
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Written byAnonymous February 24, 2013
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

17+ Should listen to this song.

Rated R Song due to sex, Violence, Bad Language, and Drugs.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written bypbondhater007 October 22, 2012
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13
QUALITY
 

Catchy!

A bunch of cussing and sexual references but what do you expect from Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and EMIN3M and any other rap song. But catchy and good song. If You like I recommend "The Motto" and "Over."
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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