A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while this song includes a few eyebrow-raisers, the party circumstances it describes are far from the drug-, violence-, and sex-filled scenes in other rapper's songs.
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What's the story?
I LOVE COLLEGE is the huge hit from suburban-college-kid-turned-rapper Asher Roth. The song has become the unofficial anthem of college students everywhere, since it gives a blow-by-blow account of what the vast majority of these students do on weekends (and even a few weekdays): party and make out into the wee morning hours, sleep through half of the next day, then do it all over again the following night. The tune also appears in the track list of Roth's soon-to-be-released debut CD, Asleep in the Bread Aisle.
Is it any good?
Much as the few candid references to beer, pot, and nakedness may make parents cringe, the song's lyrics and themes are fairly mild compared to a lot of today's hardcore rap. As an artist, Roth's vocal tone is reminiscent of Eminem's, though he lacks Slim Shady's gifted timing and delivery. The accompanying music has an easy-going, reggae-like quality that undoubtedly adds to the song's appeal among the fun-loving college crowd.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how college-age teens can achieve a good balance between academics and fun. How can college students respond to situations in which they know they need to study but are pressured to party by their friends? Can students set certain ground rules for themselves that will help them stay on track?