A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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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?