Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Getting high, casual sex, and very clever lyrics.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

Shwayze's message consists of lots of inappropriate references: party drugs, habitual pot smoking, and casual sex. Even traffic laws are flaunted by the duo with the line "f--k the speed limit."


This duo talks a lot about casual sex, threesomes, oral sex, and using women for their pleasure. "One conversation lead to another/was under some drinks/now we f--king each other/Constant sex turn to constant text" and "I know a place where we can get down babe/I got a blankie/I'll lay it on the sand/I went deep like the goddamn Grand Can" are two examples of sexually-charged lyrics.


"F--k," "s--t," and bitch are used on several tracks. On the song "Flashlight," Shwayze sings, "My pick in my hair and my d--k in my hand."


The duo is featured on an MTV reality series titled Buzzin'.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mostly every song has a reference to either drinking, smoking pot, or taking pills. Shwayze talks about drinking Patron and "chasing it with some Jack just to smile again." The downer drug group benzodiazipan is mentioned on the song "Flashlight." Shwayze celebrates pot smoking by comparing himself to Cheech and Chong and rhyming lines such as "Just as long as I can get high/sit back and watch the sunset in the sky" and the chorus of "if you got the weed/I got the light/we can get high together all night."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Shwayze is completely inappropriate for young kids, tweens, and even most teens. Although the music is mellow and the duo fun loving, the album makes light of anonymous sex, constant pot smoking, and hard partying with prescription drugs. Women are objectified to the role of sex toys and the duo celebrates the "love-'em-and-leave-'em" mentality. Underneath all that there are also clever and creative rhymes.

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Kid, 12 years old April 19, 2010

Great album and clever lyrics, too bad it's horrible content-wise

It has some awesome rhymes and is perfect at combining rap and rock/pop sounds. It's just too bad it talks so much about drugs & sex. It has many r... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bydeezlelovesshwayze January 23, 2009


It was amazing and i loved it

What's the story?

Cisco Adler, son of famed producer Lou Adler, used to be more famous for dating Hollywood stars than for his musical career. Aaron Smith AKA Shwayze grew up in a trailer park not far from Adler's privileged Malibu residence. Together the unlikely duo has come together to create SHWAYZE, a mellow mix of folky rock and lucid hip-hop.

Is it any good?

Remember Jeff Spicoli, the stoner surfer made famous by Sean Penn in the classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High? Well just imagine if Spicoli met Kanye West and they formed a music duo. Now you have an idea of what Shwayze is all about. With a mellow mix of classic rock sounds overlapped by smooth raps, the twosome takes listeners on a musical trip, literally. But amidst the over-sexed and over-smoked lyrics, there is a truly unique and pleasing sound to the album. Add some inventive rhymes such as "like the Beatles/when they were bigger than Jesus/I'm genius/Bill Clinton wrote my speeches," from the gem "Hollywood," and you've got an album that rises higher than these guys on a Saturday night.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about society's conflicting messages about pot. In most states, being caught smoking pot can get you into a lot of trouble, yet it's seeing a cultural revival on TV, in the movies, and in music. Why do you think the drug is subtly being promoted by record companies, movies, and TV networks like MTV, whose new reality show Buzzin' follows the Shwayze duo on their "high" livin' lifestyle. Do you think teens who see famous people smoking pot will be more likely to try it themselves?

Music details

  • Artist: Shwayze
  • Release date: August 19, 2008
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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