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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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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?