"Love Me (ft. Future and Drake)" (CD Single)

 
Terrible, explicit, and offensive lyrics objectify women.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Pure misogyny and a "me against the world" attitude.

Positive role models

Not too many parents are going to want their kids to emulate Lil Wayne's behavior here.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Graphic boasts about oral sex and frequent degrading references to women, referred to as "down bitches"; mentions "69," includes graphic references to bodily fluids, and invites a girl to "turn around, face down."  

Language

Explicit language in pretty much every line of the song, mostly unclever rhyming with "n----s" and "bitches," also words like "p---y," "f--k," and "ass."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The hook of the song is "I'm on that good kush and alcohol" (kush being a euphemism for marijuana). Also mentions "weed" and "codeine" cough syrup.

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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 The production is boring and repetitive, sounding like an out-of-date rehash of the Auto-Tune craze that swept the nation a few years ago.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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Lil Wayne
Release date:January 18, 2013
Type:Single
Label:Cash Money Records
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Written byAnonymous April 14, 2013
age 18+
 

I will review in a Rap Song. Not for kids.

I will tell you why they add Sex. Then this song is Rated X. Even kids don't know it's a Rap. I then call it a Trap. Then there's Bad Language which they don't use on the Radio. That means I can't say H**. But there's also Drinking, Drugs, & Smoking. When you rap that means the kids are not the king. So this rap and a Bad Word makes it not for kids nether.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 14 year old Written byJarHead May 12, 2014
age 2+
 

Good for kids all ages

As an artist Lil Wayne may no the the best lyricist but he is good at teaching the kids about the birds and the bees.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byYessiree April 18, 2013
age 18+
 

How Sick....

This song is a hot mess. Thinking they own women when they can't even get any. Very offensive. The song doesn't make sense, and in one of the verses he says that is women love him like satan. That's disgusting...
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old February 23, 2013
age 10+
 

Great but offensive

References to marijuana and "down bitches" Sex talk and plenty of the f n and b word.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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