A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Love Me," a collaboration among three of rap's biggest stars, is a tasteless ode to misogyny, featuring plenty of bad language (the "N" word, "p---y") and descriptions of how to take advantage of women. The message of the song is "I can give a f---k 'bout no haters, long as my bitches love me," which apparently is some twisted version of a long song for Lil Wayne, who seems to have Auto-Tuned himself into a different universe. The song also celebrates drugs and alcohol.
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What's the story?
Three of the hottest mainstream rappers who love to use Auto-Tune whine their way through this sloppy and offensive track from Lil Wayne's upcoming mixtape I Am Not A Human II. Apparently Wayne has been devoting himself to skateboarding as of late, and he certainly seems musically uninspired on this effort. After his last few mixtapes failed to have much traction, Wayne seems determined to get back on top by appealing to the lowest common denominator.
Is it any good?
The moderately catchy but completely inappropriate hooks from Drake and Future do little to buoy Wayne's terrible rap verses, and it's hard to imagine that people would really want to listen to such a negative and sexually aggressive love song, but that seems to be the norm in Top 40 hip-hop these days. The production is boring and repetitive, sounding like an out-of-date rehash of the Auto-Tune craze that swept the nation a few years ago. One of the worst songs Weezy has released in a while, and that's saying a lot.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the song's theme. Why is misogyny so tolerated and marketable in the context of hip-hop, and what sort of a message does that send to listeners?
Why would an older, more established artist like Lil Wayne enlist the help of rising superstars Drake and Future? What does each get out of the collaboration?
Does Lil Wayne need to shock to stay relevant? Why or why not?