Take Care

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Graphic yet thoughtful rap album is a cut above the rest.
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Parents say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

This album includes a few unquestionably negative sentiments, but overall, the messages are more mature than negative. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The tracks' lyrics don't necessarily reflect a strong role model, but they do include an insightful honesty about the ups and downs of fame -- and life in general.

Violence

A few mentions of violence and death -- for example "if you were in a pine box" and "feeling like a suicidal terrorist."

Sex

Some mature references to casual sex, prostitution, and pornography.

Language

Plenty of "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," and the "N" word.

Consumerism

Mentions of Howard, Acura, Grammy, the Palms hotel.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking and pot smoking.

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.

User Reviews

Adult Written byhijjktr May 28, 2012

Love it!!!

P**sy, a**, b**ch, n**ga, f**k, motherf**ker, s**t, h**ker, h*e, f*g. Weed is referenced several times. some songs talk about porn and sex. The Motto, Lord Know... Continue reading
Adult Written byJulieMay February 10, 2012

For Mature Audience

If you MATURELY overlook the cursing, you can appreciate the talent that Drake possesses. Its incredibly honest, and there are lyrics that are easy to relate to... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old December 5, 2011

Great For 15 and up

Great for these ages 15 and up kids under should not listen to this type of music yet Rap is good but Rap with bad language!
Teen, 15 years old Written bybeachbabe0224 November 22, 2011

:)

I think this album is soooo amazing. I love every single song on it.

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?

Music details

  • Artist: Drake
  • Release date: November 15, 2011
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Cash Money Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

For kids who love rap and club tunes

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