A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Take Care includes lots of mature language ("f--k," "s--t," the "N" word, and more), mentions of drinking and marijuana use, a few allusions to death and violence, and some references to sexual situations. Though this content makes the album far too mature for tweens and younger teens, it's still tamer than many other rap releases out there, and it does include some thoughtful commentary on life and fame.
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What's the story?
TAKE CARE is the follow-up album to the debut record Thank Me Later by uber-popular rapper Drake. Song topics range from his love of the ladies and enjoying his luxurious lifestyle to the ups and downs of fame -- and life in general. One track is a thank you song to his family.
Is it any good?
Drake's second full-length album takes the smooth rap-sing approach he introduced on his first record, Thank Me Later, to the next level. The angle isn't new, with other rappers like Kanye West trying it before, but Drake's equally impressive skill as both a singer and rapper is in a class by itself. He uses it to awesome effect on this album, seamlessly switching back and forth in stand-out songs like the sultry title track, a duet with Rihanna, and "The Real Her" with Lil Wayne and Outkast's Andre 3000.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why some rappers, like Drake, use a lot of profanity to make their point. Does profanity make a statement or opinion stand out, or is always unnecessary?
Does good rap music have to have profanity and sexually explicit references? Can you think of examples that lack this type of content?