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 includes graphic references to various sexual acts, extremely explicit language, and plenty of boasting about being rich and famous.
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What's the story?
Breakout rap star Kid Cudi's second single, MAKE HER SAY, features guest performances by mega-famous rappers Kanye West and Common. The song is a stark reversal from Cudi's debut track, "Day N Nite," in which the artist gave a refreshingly honest chronicle of his battles with depression. In this follow-up single, Cudi copies the tired formula of women/partying/riches that's employed by so many other unoriginal rappers today. As a result, the song seems like just another entry in the long list of rap tracks about trying to accumulate as many gratuitous sexual experiences and material goods as you can. Though the clean version bleeps out the egregious swearing, all the references to sex, etc., remain.
Is it any good?
It's a shame this song's lyrics are so vapid, because the music is appealing. The track sets a sample of Lady GaGa's "Poker Face" against a mellow beat and cool scratching, making for a unique, contagious flow. Though Cudi, Kanye, and Common have different styles, each are proficient rappers in their own right, so putting their performances back-to-back here results in an interesting rather than jarring sound.
Talk to your kids about ...
Why do some rappers glamorize casual sex, foul language, and partying in their songs? Is this lifestyle really as satisfying as rappers claim? Can money and fame buy you true happiness?
Listening to degrading sexual lyrics has been shown to speed sexual activity. Read our Sex and Media Tips.
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