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"I'm Back" (CD single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this song doesn't send a great message. There's the expected bad language, but there's also a threatening tone that makes the rapper's legal struggles seem to be all in vain. Of course, T.I. has to stake his claim to the rap game after being off the scene for a bit, but this single makes it appear that status and image are worth fighting and risking your life for.
What's the story?
The title "I'm Back" says it all, as T.I. resumes his successful rap career after an involuntary hiatus because of jail time. This single marks the debut of his yet-to-be-titled album, his seventh studio album to date. It's also meant to silence critics and warn rappers who vie for his top place on the chart that his rap talents are not to be messed with.
Is it any good?
This song seems like recycled material. It's a shame T.I. chose to usher in his comeback story with a song that is so predictable and repetitive. Ironically it appears T.I. did the exact opposite on this single than what he intended. Instead of intimidating other rappers, he presented a kink in the hit-making armor that some MC just might take advantage of.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about T.I.'s incarceration and subsequent release. Do you think that experience will make him a calmer, gentler rapper? If that happens, will it be a good career move, or will fans abandon his music?
Talk about violence in rap music. Do you think the use of violent or threatening lyrics just exposes the struggles of urban living, or do they glorify a self-destructive lifestyle?
For kids who love hip-hop
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