Rolling Papers

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Drugs, drinking mar innovative rap record.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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


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


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


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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by$$*BLACKANDYELLOW*$$ June 7, 2011

wiz khaifa ROX but a bit bad for kids

nigqa is said a lot but other that that f*ck is used briefly and shlt is only used a couple of times in each song
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 13, 2018
Kid, 11 years old December 16, 2012


strong langage and drug references

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?

Music details

  • Artist: Wiz Khalifa
  • Release date: March 25, 2011
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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