Rebirth

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Rockin' new sound for rapper, same old misbehaving. No kids.
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Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 16 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Feelings of disillusionment and depression are tackled with some degree of responsibility on several tracks. "Everything that glitter ain't gold, love don't love forever and everything that's new gets old." However, things get darker on songs like "The Price is Wrong," "Get a Life," and "Drop the World," where heartbreak turns into a searing message filled with aggression and hate.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Wayne's introspection and heartfelt emotions are generally sabotaged by his misogynistic attitude, treating some women like disposable sex objects.  Wayne's relationships turn self-destructive on tracks such as "I'll Die For You," with lines like "I'd die to see you with another...without you in my life, I f--king die."

Violence

Guns are celebrated. Aggression is directed at women in many instances. "F--k her anyway."

Sex

Although women are the subject of many of the songs, things aren't as sexually explicit as on previous releases. There are mentions of underwear, getting women hot, and some rough lyrics: "Break her off like her back broke, then they do me and I'm glad they done it." There is slightly more of an emphasis on love on this album, rather than all sexual titillation, a noticeable departure for the rapper.

Language

"F--k" is used constantly, on nearly every track. There's the occasional "s--t," and "bitch." The N-word and a derogatory reference to homosexuality are also here.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several songs focus on "getting high" and specifically reference drugs. "I'm so high that the ground is gone, don't look now but the ground is gone, show me to the edge and I'll walk off there, I gotta lotta drugs that I could just share"

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that because of the constant use of profanity, this album is definitely a no-go for kids. That's probably not a big surprise, but with less sexually explicit themes and more emotionally introspective tracks, it might seem like this is a kinder, gentler Lil Wayne. Although there might be some truth to that, there really aren't any tracks that are suitable for kids to hear. And yes, there still are the trademark violations, including using the N-word, disrespecting women, and glorifying drug use.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 year old Written byxdala March 4, 2010

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!! >:(

:O NOTHING I WOULD APPROVE OF.
Adult Written bydudeman123 July 19, 2010

Who would buy this??

Lil Wayne has now just made the worst rock/rap album I have ever heard and that's saying something. I don't know what he was thinking when he put toge... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byElLiOtT21 March 22, 2010

TRASH

I love Lil' Waynes rapping! But when he sings it is like "nails on a chalkboard" DON'T BUY IT
Teen, 16 years old Written bywilly da bomb February 15, 2010
its preety good album perfect for little kids

What's the story?

So maybe it's not breaking news that Lil Wayne has released a rock album. The buzz surrounding the LP has snowballed, with the album being pushed back numerous times and leaked on various occasions. The album, full of rock guitars and hip-hop beats, also finds Wayne singing without the constant crutch of auto-tune. It's open to interpretation whether that's a good thing or not.

Is it any good?

Critics have bashed this album like it was a guitar at a Who concert. Apparently Lil Wayne's interpretation of rock music has rubbed many the wrong way. But there are things to like about the unlikely release. Wayne does in fact summon the spirits of some questionable rock gods, and sounds that could come from an '80s hair band spring unapologetically. On a few tracks you might swear you're listening to Bon Jovi, Genesis, or The Clash. Wayne's rock inspirations span the ages from punk to ska, but the LP isn't all about rock. This album is a mixed-up mash-up of hip-hop, pop, rock, and rap, and that's what makes it great. Like a musical collage Wayne intertwines his stream-of-conscious raps with straining ballads helped along by stellar guest spots from Shanell, Eminem, and Nicki Manaj. "Knockout," "Running," and "Da Da Da" are especially fun. Many will wish Wayne returns to his hardcore roots, but perhaps this album marks the beginning of Wayne's new sound that will only improve with time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about setting boundaries for appropriate music content. What are your family's rules? Does profanity make an album off-limits? What if a song doesn't have any bad language but still has violent messages? Have you and your family discussed what is acceptable and what's not?

  • What do you think of Lil Wayne's attempt to move into rock music? Do you think musicians should stick to the genre that made them famous, or is it admirable to try new things? Do you think this album will be as successful as his past work? If it's not, does that mean it was a failure, or could it be a success on other levels besides sales chart position? 

  • Talk about music labeled "for mature audiences only." Do you feel out of the loop not being allowed to listen to certain albums, especially ones that everyone is talking about? Do you feel peer pressure to listen to music that you know your parents wouldn't want you to hear? Why do you think some music is labeled inappropriate? Are there some messages that teens aren't ready to hear?

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