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 song and video are not for kids. There's tons of profanity, including "f--k" and the "N" word, and the track glamorizes gambling, money, strippers, and women as objects. The video shows a scantily-clad female in a thong doing a provocative lap dance the entire time. There's an edited version of this song available, but the negative message is still there, not to mention some language that's still inappropriate for kids.
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What's the story?
Hip hop rapper Tyga (stands for "Thank You God Always") is known for his single "Coconut Juice" with fellow musician and cousin, Travie McCoy. In "RACK CITY," Tyga glorifies Las Vegas, talking about gambling, strippers, breasts, and being in the club. The video features the rapper in a nightclub/strip bar with a very scantily-clad female dancing for him.
Is it any good?
Hip-hop songs can sometimes have iffy language and adult themes, but many of them are clever or thoughtful. Then there are songs like "Rack City." This track is a lame attempt at hip-hop, with rhymes and phrases that a 5-year-old could write (minus the completely vulgar and offensive language, of course). Tyga just sings a lot about "bitches" and throwing money at the naked ones, and that's about it. This song is not worth a listen, even for the staunchest hip-hop fans.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the way that women are often portrayed in hip-hop or rap music. Do you think it is positive or negative? Give examples of both. Why do you think it's necessary for some musicians to incorporate sexist messages into their music? Does it help sell records?
Tyga is related to another well-known musician, Travie McCoy. Do you think this has helped or hurt his career? Does it make a difference when a less-known artist is connected to someone who is already famous? Does it make you more or less likely to listen to their music? Why?