"Rack City" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Hip-hop track is vulgar, unoriginal, and sexist.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 16 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Nothing positive about this song whatsoever; glamourizes gambling and throwing money at "bitches."

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models here.

Violence
Sex

Tons of talk about sex. Lyrics range from having "your grandma on my d--k" to talk of throwing money at "ya t-tties, bitch"; video shows Tyga in nightclub watching exotic dancers and one continually gives him a lap dance.

Language

"F--k" and "N" word many times; "bitch," "s--t," "d--k," t-ts," "ass," "goddamn."

Consumerism

Video shows rapper in Vegas.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lyrics mention dope, video shows girl smoking.

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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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJared Galczynski May 18, 2014

AY MAYRA, it's appropriate.

In fact, I kind of like this song, at least listening to it on the radio.
Adult Written byBlack Jasmine March 31, 2012

Trash

Cheap trash- best way to describe it.
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 October 10, 2018
Teen, 14 years old Written byRhinoceros February 12, 2014

Repetitive

"Rack City B--" is the one line used in the chorus. Appropriate for 14+ but lame for sophisticated people. Warning to tween parents: Sex references a... Continue reading

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?

Music details

  • Artist: Tyga
  • Release date: December 6, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Cash Money Records
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: June 20, 2019

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