A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "How to Love" is one of the cleanest singles released to date by Lil Wayne. There's no profanity or violence and just one muted reference each to sex and drinking. Moreover, the song offers a positive message to girls and women, encouraging them to have high self-esteem. For younger teens who just have to listen to Lil Wayne, this is the best choice around.
What's the story?
"HOW TO LOVE" is the first single from Lil Wayne's fourth album, Tha Carter IV. In a complete about-face from most of his previous releases, the infamously explicit rap star uses no profanity or graphic descriptions of sex, substance use, or violence to make his point: that a woman who has dated a string of bad guys should stop settling for less than the best. The unusually introspective and positive lyrics include: "You can't have a man look at you for five seconds without you being insecure, you never credit yourself ... You had a lot of crooks tryin' to steal your heart, never really had luck, couldn’t never figure out how to love ... I just want you to know that you deserve the best, you're beautiful ... And I want you to know, you're far from the usual." Though the song does include one brief allusion to sex and another to drinking, it's still a fairly inspirational pick for younger rap fans.
Is it any good?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why Lil Wayne would make so many songs that describe disrespectful behavior toward females, then release a single promoting positive attitudes toward them. Is this a mixed message?
How can you be respectful of others? What does it mean to have self-respect?
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