"No Sleep" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Drinking, drugs, and sex abound in graphic rap tune.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Negative messages about promiscuity and drug use.

Positive role models

Casual sex, getting arrested, and drinking/smoking pot are celebrated.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Allusions to casual sex and prostitution.

Language

One instance of the word "motherf---er."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lots of lyrics about drinking and smoking marijuana.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Wiz Khalifa
Release date:March 25, 2011
Label:Atlantic
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Parent Written byKittypower July 30, 2011
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13
QUALITY
 

Wiz Khalifa

My daughter loves Wiz Khalifa ^_^
Written byAnonymous March 3, 2013
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

Off for 16 & Under.

Drinking, Drugs, & Smoking is givin' a 3. Language is also a 3 and Sex is givin' a 2. I putting this Off for 16 & Under.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byHeretohelp26 November 20, 2012
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

OK for mature tweens

This song would be fine for very mature Tweens (9-12) as the song has very mature lines about drinking and sex the Lange includes a couple uses of "hctib" (backwards) plus one "motherf**ker"
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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