A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know although Kid Cudi sings mellow, thought-provoking rhymes, there's too much profanity and sexual references to make this album OK for kids. Talk of pot-smoking and women's bodies, plus lots of the "N" word make this album a no-no for young listeners. To Cudi's credit, he does offer up positive messages about working through emotions and doesn't delve into violence.
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What's the story?
Kid Cudi launches his debut album MAN ON THE MOON: THE END OF DAY, an experimental, alternative hip-hop release filled with hypnotic raps and images of dreams and nightmares. The album includes nearly an hour of video footage, from music videos to behind-the-scenes clips and also features many guest appearances, from Kanye West and Common to MGMT and Billy Cravens. The album has gained attention for the success of two of its singles: "Day 'n' Night" and "I Make Her Say," the latter sporting an acoustic sampling of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face."
Is it any good?
Kid Cudi's premiere album is appropriately-titled Man on the Moon. With it, Cudi takes listeners into unexplored territory, creating a surprisingly new sound that combines rap, R&B, psychedelic rock, and ambient melodies. The rapper crosses new ground in his concept album that moves through his psyche and uncovers the dreams and nightmares lurking within. At the same time, Cudi appears to be an astute observer of today's hip-hop scene, dropping lines from popular rap songs and morphing them for his own benefit. With this debut, Kid Cudi raises the creative bar for rappers who thought they could get away with just a tough swagger and Auto-tune samples.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about lyrics that aren't appropriate for younger ears. Sometimes lyrics can be hard for parents to decode. Do you think slang words are used so only a certain group or generation can know their meanings?
One song on the album takes a tame popular song and reinterprets it to make it sexually charged. What are your family's guidelines about racy lyrics?
Families can talk about hip-hop music and age-appropriate messages. If an album isn't violent or mean-spirited, but still includes lots of profanity and mature messages, should it still be off limits? Why do you think rappers usually include bad language in their music? Do you think they would be labeled "uncool" if they didn't?