A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- 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
Is it any good?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?