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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know -- and really, it's all they need to know -- is that Soulja Boy speaks more affectionately and personally about his cell phone (and other expensive possessions) than about the women in his life, all of whom seem to be interchangeable "hos." There's also plenty of swearing, product placement, and some violence.
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Is it any good?
Kids may be have memorized the dance steps to the mega hit "Crank That," but that's all they should be memorizing from Soulja Boy. It might be easy to chalk up his sexist and self-absorbed posturing to the exuberance of youth (the Atlanta-based "artist" is 17) until you remember that there are young performers out there who bring plenty of soul and talent to the table -- and he's not one of them. Adding (ear) injury to insult, his delivery is so amateurish that even those who don't mind all of the above will have trouble listening through to the end. With an apparent two-note vocal range and lazy, monotonous instrumental tracks, music fans need to know that there's nothing here to make SOULJABOYTELLEM.COM worth the trouble.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Soulja Boy's stunningly sexist and nasty attitude about women. Does the fact that this artist is only 17 years old make it OK for him to be this clueless? Why does he need to talk about women this way -- does it make him sound tougher? Also, families can talk about how a single becomes so huge. What about "Crank That" caused it to sell so well?