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 album is chock full of adult content, including lots of profanity, graphic sexual references, and allusions to substance use. Perhaps just as troubling, the songs' overall tone is exceptionally depressing -- making the whole package too mature for even some older teens.
What's the story?
MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY is the fifth full-length album from hip-hop mogul Kanye West. Never one for lyrical brevity, West once again pours his heart out in these 13 long songs, many of which explore the pain and difficulty of his life. His scathing commentary on everyone and everything -- from his musical rivals to women -- is extremely bleak and punctuated by plenty of foul language, very graphic sexual descriptions, and mentions of substance use.
Is it any good?
West has the kind of rare talent that makes other music pale in comparison. His beats are unique among hip-hop productions, and the list of guest artists that he's recruited reads like a who's who of the rap, hip-hop, and R&B worlds: Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Kid Cudi, and Alicia Keys, to name a few. The end result is a record that haunts -- both in its dark lyrics and its achingly beautiful arrangements.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the album's dark tone. What is West saying about the nature of celebrity?
This album has been critically acclaimed; what's so unique about this particular record?
Do you think West does and says shocking things simply to get attention? Does his talent ever get lost in his attempts to shock?
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