A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
"NO HANDS" is a single off of the debut album Flockavelli by rapper Juaquin Malphurs, a.k.a. Waka Flocka Flame. The track is all about hardcore partying, with lots of sex and substance use thrown in. For example, "I'm gonnasip Mascato, and you gonna lose them pants / And I'm gonnathrow this money while you do it with no hands." It's not a tune that parents will want to buy for their tweens or even teens.
Is it any good?
None of the things that make for an exceptional rap song -- thoughtful rhymes, unique delivery -- are included in this track. The song drags, with a droning, uninspired beat and vocal performances that sound phoned in. It proves that a lot of swearing and graphic references do not a good rap song make.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how and why many singles containing mature content gain so much traction.
What role does the Internet play in helping to spread the word about songs like this one?
Why would a graphic song like this become more popular than another tune with less swearing and adult content?