What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer features solid rap but is way too graphic for kids. The album features big doses of profanity, sex, substance use, violence, and consumerism -- making it best for adults only.
What's the story?
KANYE WEST PRESENTS GOOD MUSIC CRUEL SUMMER is the first full-length album released by the G.O.O.D. Music label, which was founded by rap kingpin Kanye West. Short for "Getting Out Our Dreams," the G.O.O.D. label counts artists like John Legend, Common, Kid Cudi, and Big Sean among its signed artists. Several of these artists appear on the Cruel Summer album, along with others, including Jay-Z, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz.
Is it any good?
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the lyrical formula used by so many rap artists -- lots of partying, sex, and money. Why do you think so many artist stick to this formula in their writing?
Do rappers need to rely on explicit topics and bravado in order to sell music? Why or why not?
What are some other subjects rappers could tackle that would make their music meaningful yet not explicit?