A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that although the debut track "Coconut Juice" is a veiled anthem for partying and drinking, most of the songs on this album are rather tame. There are no explicit lyrics, no disparaging women, and few references to gratuitous violence. Instead, this is more or less a party album geared toward listeners who want to have fun.
What's the story?
Call it the new wave of hip-hop, but the gangsta stronghold on rap seems to be giving way to a kinder, gentler sort of style, and Tyga is at the forefront. The 18 year old doesn't claim to be hardcore -- in fact his ambition seems to be having a good time. On his debut album NO INTRODUCTION, Tyga raps about partying, teenage love, and a few urban tragedies. His sound is reminiscent of everyone from Biz Markie and LeVert to Lil' Wayne, but sometimes the similarities become too close to the original, such as the track "Summertime" which sounds a lot like the Dove Shack's "Summertime in the LBC."
Is it any good?
If nothing else, Tyga has brought something refreshing to the world of hip-hop: a rapper who actually smiles and doesn't take himself too seriously. Who knows what this will do for his street cred, but before he's dismissed as a "soft" rapper, listeners should take a chance on his rhymes. He's not as naive as he looks, and his raps offer a decent mix of fluffy pop singles and heavier tracks, such as "Don't Regret it Now" which sincerely discusses life's hardships (domestic abuse, gun violence, murder) in a catchy melodic fashion that actually works. Sure Tyga stills talks about flashing cash in the club, bling, and fancy cars, but he puts a creative twist on these hip-hop clichés with lines like, "Space jamin' with bananas in pajamas…Porky Pig, dollar bills plus Tweety Bird sits on my wrist."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how images differ in musical genres. How would you describe the image of a typical rapper? How does Tyga fit into that image and how doesn't he? Is image more important in rap than in other musical genres? Also, do you think a rapper can gain respect from the hip-hop community if his/her lyrics are clean and don't fit the "gangsta" mold?