"I'm On One" (CD Single)
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the most explicit thing about the single "I'm On One" is its profanity, with especially big helpings of the f-word and n-word. Though it's not the worst rap song around in terms of violence, sex, and substances, it still contains a few references to each of these things, along with an overall troubling message about not caring for anything other than "money and the city that I'm from." In the end, these traits make the tune too mature for kids.
What's the story?
Big-time rap stars Lil Wayne, Drake, and Rick Ross all come together on "I'M ON ONE," the single produced by Miami-based DJ Khaled. It's a pretty simple song in terms of its message: cash, cash, and more cash. Each of the rappers takes a turn at talking about how much money they have now and plan to earn in the future, employing plenty of profanity along the way. Combined with some references to sex, drinking, pot, and jail time, these negative themes are not what parents would want their impressionable young tweens and teens to hear.
Is it any good?
Each of these three rappers has a unique style that together gives this track a more interesting sound than the typical rap tune -- though the droning synth-beat backing them up is nothing special. The standout is Drake, with his talk-sing delivery that's a refreshing departure from the usual approach.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why these artists would choose to create a song in which they claim to care about nothing but money.
Why do so many rap songs have negative messages? Can you name some more positive choices?