A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "No Sleep" is filled with everything they don't want their kids to hear about: promiscuity, excessive drinking, drug use, and more. The song has moderate profanity and sexual references, as well, and it definitely sends the wrong messages to kids of all ages. An edited version is available, but the iffy messages remain.
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What's the story?
NO SLEEP is the second single from Rolling Papers, the first major label album from rapper Wiz Khalifa. The album's cover art -- a photo of Khalifa shrouded in clouds of what you can only assume is pot smoke -- speaks volumes about its songs, including this one. All the tune talks about is partying and drinking all night long, smoking lots of marijuana, and getting as many sexual conquests as possible. With an f-bomb thrown in to boot, this track is too mature for tweens and younger teens.
Is it any good?
Though the happily mellow synth-beat of this song fits its laissez-faire partying theme, there's nothing special to make it truly stand out. This is the type of song you wouldn't mind having on in the background -- but would have a hard time citing the title if someone asked. There are better, more age-appropriate rap options out there for kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Khalifa sings about "no driving" in the middle of a song that's all about partying to extremes. Does this seem like a confusing message?
Why do so many rap songs glorify iffy behavior? Do other genres of music do this as well?
How would you edit this song so that its lyrics were still cool yet didn't talk about so many irresponsible activities?