Hell: The Sequel

Common Sense Media says

Rap record is explicit in every way; not for kids.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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."

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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Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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
Label:Shady Records
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 13 years old Written byuhya August 28, 2011


great album, but violent, one song called "A Kiss" has sex, lots of profanity and some drug references.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written bybradley4846 July 9, 2011


Dont get me wrong, there are some great songs. but this is the first eminem cd that im not constantly listening to. Some of the songs (the Reuinion) contain sexual contant, and violence. Language includes c-ck, c-nt, f-ck, sh-t, etc.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 3 year old Written byjakesyl August 17, 2011

okay do not listen to this with kids that can talk

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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