Hell: The Sequel

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Rap record is explicit in every way; not for kids.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 11 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Tons of anger, aggression, and negative behaviors involving sex, substance use, and violence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lots of irresponsible behavior described in this song.


Not a lot of gun-toting lyrics like in many rap tunes, but some violent metaphors: "I'm the type that'll take a bath with a whore / Drown her, bang her head on the passenger door / When I'm stashin' her in the back, smackin' her forehead on the dash."


Several extremely explicit references to sex.


Hardcore profanity throughout, including "f--k," "s--t," and the "N" word.


A litany of brand names, ranging from cars to alcohol to other music stars. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The song "I'm On Everything" describes intense substance use: "Syrup. Painkillers. Cigarette. Weed. Hennessy. Vodka."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hell: The Sequel is an extremely graphic album that's not for kids. It contains a lot of just about everything -- profanity, sex, substance use, consumerism. Though it's not the most violent rap record ever recorded, it does include a disturbingly dark thread of anger and aggression with some violent metaphors.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAlexandre M. December 31, 2017
The album is boss even though a few of the songs are bad or boring the album is still boss.I think a mature 14 years old can listen to all the tracks.
Adult Written byrozaym March 4, 2016
Kids have google, so what's the point of sheltering kids from today's music, games, TV shows, movies,social media and books. They're just going t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheProdigy November 18, 2015

Buy the Clean Version

Okay, first off, for anyone under 13, do not buy the uncut version of this cd. As for the cd, it is amazing. Eminem's skill as a rapper is really shown her... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byEminemHopsin123.J April 13, 2014

Greatest album of all time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

This Bad Meets Evil album is breathtaking but super explicit. Such frequent usage of f-ck and sh-t. In the song 'the reunion' there are two uses of th... Continue reading

What's the story?

The first full-length album from Bad Meets Evil -- the rap team composed of superstar Eminem and Royce the 5'9" -- HELL: THE SEQUEL is overflowing with mature content and troubling messages. Hardcore descriptions of sex and substance use, tons of profanity, and a long list of consumer brand names appear throughout the record -- along with some shockingly violent and extremely dark metaphors. This is not a CD for kids of any age.

Is it any good?

Ominous synth-beats back the dark lyrics that appear in every song on this album, adding to the threatening tone of these tracks. While Royce is a capable rapper, Em is clearly the star of this show -- demonstrating the intensely emotional delivery that's earned him a place among the biggest names in the game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about tongue-in-cheek songs like "Above the Law" and "I'm On Everything," which take the approach of describing extreme behaviors in a way that suggests the artists actually disapprove of these actions. Does this tactic work?

  • Is reverse-psychology a good way to discourage negative behaviors? Why or why not?

  • These songs are filled with profanity, sex, and violence. Are all the graphic references necessary? Can rap artists make music without explicit content and still have street cred?

Music details

  • Artist: Bad Meets Evil
  • Release date: June 14, 2011
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Shady Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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