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 single features Lil Wayne, who is currently serving a jail sentence for gun possession. The video shows a boy getting bullied and beaten up at school, all the while listening to music in his poster-filled room with images of Eminem and Lil Wayne. It's a very raw, powerful song and video about rising up, rapping, and "beating" those who put you down. However, there is very explicit language, violent images, and sexual metaphors that aren't suitable for kids. An edited version is available.
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What's the story?
NO LOVE is the latest single from rapper Eminem's (a.k.a. Marshall Mathers /Slim Shady) double platinum album No Recovery. The album has already produced two #1 singles, "Not Afraid" and "Love the Way You Lie" with Rihanna. With clips of Haddaway's "What is Love" in the background chorus, "No Love" features fellow rapper Lil Wayne, and is about the love, hate, and high that these rappers feel when they put their words through a mic on stage. The video shows a boy being bullied at school, and eventually retaliating by fighting back.
Is it any good?
Although Eminem has been known for his arrogance and controversy, no one can doubt his talent for his craft. It's clear that Eminem's music has evolved as he has grown up. It's still profane, sometimes violent and angry, but he sings about issues, addictions, and triumphs like he hasn't before. "No Love" is raw and powerful, with lyrics that make you feel his passion and pain, and appreciate his talent for quick rhymes and ability to beat the odds. The topic and lyrics are not suitable for younger kids, but the song could start some worthwhile discussions about bullying and violence for teens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the single's themes. This song, even with its explicit and vulgar language, is about standing up for yourself and turning your anger into something powerful and creative. Eminem recently revealed that he was bullied as a child. Do you think this has had an effect on his music? Do you think he is a good role model for fans or kids who might be bullied? Why or why not?
The video of this song shows a boy that is relentlessly bullied at school. Have you ever been bullied? Do you know anyone who has been bullied? What did you do about it? How do you think bullies should be dealt with? The boy in the video finally retaliates and fights back; do you agree with this decision? Why or why not?
Lil Wayne has been in the news for his jail sentence for gun possession. How do you react when you hear that rappers or celebrities are involved in violence or sentenced to jail? Does it change the way you view them as an artist? Does it make you more or less likely to buy and listen to their music? Do you think rappers get a bad "rap" when it comes to negative behavior or media?
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