Rolling Papers

Common Sense Media says

Drugs, drinking mar innovative rap record.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Constant focus on spending lots of money and using lots of substances.

Positive role models

Encourages using drugs, drinking to excess, and indulging in excessive materialism.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Plenty of crude references to sex, like "might f--k one or two bitches but don't consider it cheatin'."

Language

Lots of "f--k," N-word, and "s--t."

Consumerism

Fair amount of name dropping, like Louis Vuitton, Twitter, Mortal Kombat, Jet Li, Whole Foods, Ferrari.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Tons of talk about drinking and smoking pot.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Rolling Papers focuses heavily on substance use, with just about every song discussing marijuana. Alcohol is also mentioned frequently, along with lots of profanity and references to sex. This is not an album for young audiences.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Technically, ROLLING PAPERS is the third album by rapper Wiz Khalifa -- yet it's really the first record that's gained traction on the music scene. The collection of 14 songs has one common thread running throughout: marijuana use. Other common, very mature topics include drinking and sex, with some pretty heavy materialism and profanity thrown in. Though Wiz tries at times to be more introspective and explore the costs of fame ("Hit the club, spend this money up, roll another one, drink, act a fool
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Is it any good?

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The plaintive piano strains that open up this album's first song, "When I'm Gone," put you on guard that this is not the typical rap album -- at least musically. The methodical, brooding tone of many tracks like "Rooftops" and "Star of the Show" is reminiscent of Kid Cudi, another rapper who marches to a somewhat different beat, while the cool hooks in songs including "Hopes and Dreams" and "Top Floor" are a refreshing departure from the standard rap synth-beat.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about drugs and alcohol. Why do so many rap and hip-hop songs center on these substances?

  • Talk about the lyrics "I might not do it, but I give it to you women

  • / Cocaine, mushrooms, ecstasy, GHB." Why might Wiz make a point to state

  • that he doesn't do these drugs -- yet talk so openly about marijuana

  • use in many of his songs?

Music details

Artist:Wiz Khalifa
Release date:March 25, 2011
Label:Atlantic
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 11 years old December 16, 2012
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

sucks

strong langage and drug references
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byHeretohelp26 November 7, 2012
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Very suggestive

Very suggestive album, drinking, drugs and smoking involves lines like "now we buyin the bar," are very iffy and not for young kids Sex lines are pretty suggestive as well Okay for 17+ Iffy for 8+ Not for 7 & under (That's only the edited version)
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written bytakenforafool15 July 6, 2011
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18
QUALITY
 

Rappers belong in the garbage.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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