A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that kids may be interested in this CD because its songs are featured on popular shows such as Jersey Shore. Although this album looks like silly fun, the subject matter is WAY too explicit for tweens, teens, and even some adults, for that matter! The main offenders are drinking and sexual content (no violence to speak of). Alcohol and sex are consumed with wanton abandon, with slang words for body parts being used in abundance. Perhaps worst of all is the message that excessive drinking is not only fun, but also a badge of honor. Any lessons that have been drilled into teens' heads about the consequences of irresponsible behavior could be quickly forgotten after listening to this album.
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What's the story?
For some, The Jersey Shore opening montage was the first time they heard LMFAO's raucous musical offerings, but the hip-hop duo has become popular with TV, as Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami and promos for CSI: Miami have showcased the group's dubious offerings. Named after the popular cyber-abbreviation for extreme laughter, the group is all about shocking lyrics and goofball tracks.
Is it any good?
LMFAO has many unique attributes. Their wardrobes are outlandish, their beats hard driving, and they're completely unpredictable and unapologetic in their use of samples (including an ingenious one of "Eye of the Tiger"), riffs, and crazy electronic tricks. But all the irreverence is spoiled by the rampant sexual discussions that result in cringe-worthy tracks. These songs, filled with sixth grade humor, will make you want to squirm with discomfort or embarrassment, rather than dance to the beat.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about drinking and the mixed messages the media sends about alcohol consumption. Can you think of any instances where alcohol use or over-use is shown in a positive light? Can you also think of times where drinking is seen as detrimental to your health? How does this make you feel about drinking?
Families can talk about sex and pressures in the media. Is everyone really having sex like some popular artists such as LMFAO would have you believe? In the end, would a casual sex lifestyle be safe or fulfilling? Some groups glamorize the "playa" attitude, but what would happen if you tried to lead such a lifestyle? How can you separate bogus bragging from reality?
Talk about gender stereotypes and the issues they present to both boys and girls. When women are portrayed as sex objects with extremely unrealistic proportions, what expectations does that set for both genders? What message does it send to boys when men are portrayed in the media as sex-crazed and desperate, willing to do anything to get a woman naked (including using alcohol to compromise a woman's judgment)?
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