So Far Gone

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Hot MC's raps mix self-reflection with graphic sex talk.
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Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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
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.

What 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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17 year old Written bylils.o.d November 9, 2009

so far gone

because ilike that song by drake and lil wayne
Adult Written bymoviemadness January 18, 2010
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 wit... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 27, 2010
Big time langauge, never get im goin in, fear or best i ever had if you dont like langauge, and drake is a bad role model.
Teen, 13 years old Written bygoodperson4 December 24, 2010

some iffy stuff

The most dirty song on the album, I'm Goin' In, begins like, "hello motherf----r, hey hi how you durn; it's Weezy F. baby come to take a s--... Continue reading

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?

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." 

Talk to your kids 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?

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