A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Tha Carter IV isn't for kids. The songs on the album include just about every form of mature content there is (and lots of it): profanity, violence, sex, substance use, and consumerism.
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What's the story?
THA CARTER IV is rapper Lil Wayne's hotly anticipated follow-up to the high-grossing Tha Carter III and is yet another very mature CD from the notoriously raunchy rapper. The bulk of the songs on the CD revolve around guns and violence, graphic sexual descriptions, drugs and alcohol, and bragging about being the best, with plenty of profanity thrown into the mix.
Is it any good?
This album proves that a bunch of angry, dirty lyrics tossed together with a synth-beat do not a success make. This standard approach from Lil Wayne is simply played out at this point. Aside from guest vocals from the awesome John Legend on "So Special," and the uncharacteristically sweet ballad "How to Love," this record is more of the same-old, same-old.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how successful rap artists like Lil Wayne, who are notorious for their extremely mature lyrics, compare to cleaner rappers like B.o.B. or Travie McCoy. What are some of the advantages that cleaner rappers have?
Do rap fans expect explicit content in their music? Would Lil Wayne be as successful if he produced less graphic songs?
For kids who love rap and club beats
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