So Far Gone

Common Sense Media says

Hot MC's raps mix self-reflection with graphic sex talk.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Drake doesn't sugarcoat his lyrics, making no bones about his desire for fame and fortune. However, he also talks about his flip-side wish for a more regular life -- demonstrating an overall positive message about openly acknowledging the conflicting feelings that are a part of any life, famous or otherwise.

Positive role models

Drake's use of explicit language and occasional mentions of sex and partying aren't things to emulate, but his effort to get beyond the superficial rap talk of money, money, and more money shows that he has a thoughtful side.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some accounting of sexual escapades, such as: "Get it from the back and make your f--king bra strap pop / All up in ya slot 'til a nigga hit the jackpot."

Language

Some swearing, e.g. the f-bomb, s--t, and nigga.

Consumerism

Talk of "money and cars," with a couple of explicit product mentions like the iPhone.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Discusses getting "f--ked up" and drunk.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that though this album is by no means clean -- with more than a few curse words, sexual descriptions, and references to partying -- it's certainly not the dirtiest or most shallow record out there, offering some introspective lyrics that make at least the edited version worth a listen. 

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What's the story?

SO FAR GONE is the long-awaited record from Drake, a Canadian MC who's recently taken the rap scene by storm. His talents have been acknowledged by the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, who have all collaborated with him on their various projects. On Drake's own album, he chronicles the ups and downs of his rise to fame, discussing his conflicting desires to reap its spoils yet remain down-to-earth in the eyes of his friends and family. Though the MC uses a fair amount of strong language to get his points across, his lyrics are impressively introspective, especially for a rap CD -- going beyond the boring obsession with partying, material goods, and women that typifies so much of the genre. On "The Calm," for example, he describes "feeling so distant from everyone I've ever known." An edited version of the record is available, with bleeps in place of the worst adult words.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Listening to this album, it doesn't take long to learn why the rap spotlight has become focused on Drake. While the rhymes of this young artist aren't quite as explosively raw and powerful as those of other MCs in their earlier years, such as Jay-Z and Eminem, they still show exceptional depth, and Drake delivers them with a distinctly appealing style and flow. The musical arrangements are every bit as good as his delivery, with highlights including the hypnotic "Houstatlantavegas" and the radio single "Best I Ever Had." 

Families can talk about...

  • What challenges might a young artist like Drake experience on entering the world of fame and fortune?

  • As his career advances and his fame grows, how can Drake remain true to his roots?

Music details

Artist:Drake
Release date:September 15, 2009
Labels:Cash Money Records, Young Money Entertainment, Universal
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 16 years old Written bybradley4846 March 13, 2010
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15
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First thing is this song is not good clean, way to much is edited out (especially 'I'm Goin In'). The cd is pretty slow and takes at least two times listening to it to appreciate it (which you cant do with the edited one (they annoyingly edit out things). The language is really smaller words (s-word, h*e, etc) but with some songs ('I'm Goin in', Best i ever had) there are repeated uses of the f-word. It is really tame for a rap cd. there are some minor sexual things in a few songs, but you really dont notice. There is one violent refrence ('blow your brains out") Explicit: R for language including some sexual refrences and a brief violent image Clean: PG for mild language
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written bymoviemadness January 18, 2010
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15
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What a great hip-hop album; a breath of fresh air from the usual trash. Drake clearly has soul and isn't afraid to confront the toughest parts of life with his honest lyrics. There are fairly explicit mentions of sex, along with language that shouldn't be used. When you get past these, however, you see a level of honesty and worth to this CD.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old January 1, 2010
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12
QUALITY
 

Great Hip Hop Album with Amazing Beats!

This is a great album for mature tweens and teens only. Has lots of swearing so let your tweens listen to the edited version only! Great Hip Hop Album.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages

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