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 would have been OK for teens had it not included a few choice expletives, like the f-word and the n-word. The message isn't all that bad, although there's some serious bragging going on here. Because of the bad language it's a good idea to look for an edited version of this song.
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What's the story?
Drake seems to have been on the rap scene for many years, making guest appearances on tracks by everyone from Lil' Wayne to Kid Cudi. So it's a surprise to see "OVER" debut as the first single off of the rapper's freshman album. Unlike the title, it appears Drake is just coming into his own as a rap artist with his own album. The theme of the single appears to be self-examination of priorities and whether fame is all it's cracked up to be.
Is it any good?
Drake does a good job of thrusting listeners immediately into a fast-paced celebrity life where names and faces are just a blur. But unfortunately, many of Drake's lyrics also descend into similar obscurity, and although every rap song doesn't require a catchy pop riff or sample chorus, this song would have definitely benefited from a little variety.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the use of the n-word. Why do you think rappers still use this word? Do you see any positive effects from African-Americans using the word, or is it bad all around? What are your family's rules about songs that include this word?
How is fame portrayed in pop music today? Do you think it is over-glamorized? Do celebrities sometimes create false images to make their lives seem more enviable? At the end of the day, do you think famous people are happier than the rest of us?
Talk about inappropriate lyrics and edited versions. Do edited songs sometimes still contain bad messages? What are your family's rules about reviewing content and lyrics of songs? Does an edited version sometimes offer a false sense of security?