"That's All She Wrote" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Gripping rap song is bleak, explicit; older teens only.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The song's messages are troubling: They revolve around performing selfish acts and extreme negativity toward women. For example: "I roll like a desperado, now I never know where I'm gonna go / Still I ball like there's no tomorrow until it's over and that's all she wrote."

Positive Role Models & Representations

No good role models to find in this song about people who do whatever they like without caring about  potential consequences.

Violence

Lots of dark, aggressive lyrics about women: "Before I tie a f---ing knot I'd tie you in one, bitch."

Sex

One of Eminem's verses gets pretty graphic about a casual sexual encounter.

Language

Some "N"-words, along with "f--k," "s--t," and "bitch."

Consumerism

Mentions "Air Yeezy" shoes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this rap single contains some exceptionally dark messages about acting selfishly and violently, especially toward women. The tune also includes plenty of swearing and anger, making it an iffy choice for tweens and young teens.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHorro November 5, 2017
The song is great and yeah it is fine for 9 and up.
Parent of a 3-year-old Written byjakesyl August 17, 2011

thats all i wrote

teaches good life lessons little bit depressing
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheProdigy November 17, 2015

good song. buy edited on itunes.

Parents need to know that this rap single contains some exceptionally dark messages about acting selfishly and violently, especially toward women. The tune also... Continue reading

What's the story?

Two of the most famous names in rap -- T.I. and Eminem -- collaborate in "THAT'S ALL SHE WROTE," a single that's largely an angry response to all the people (especially women) who've wronged them. The tune features its fair share of graphic language and aggressive references; for instance, "Dig, you ho /Take the shovel and dig you some dignity, bitch."It's not a healthy perspective for listeners of any age, let alone young kids.

Is it any good?

Angry though they may be, both T.I. and Eminem clearly have talent. From the first note, this song's slow, stormy hook reaches out and grabs you. T.I.'s more subdued vocal delivery contrasts well with Eminem's more fiery performance, setting up this single to stick in your mind long after it's over. Too bad the message is a bad one for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the sound of a song can complement the meaning of its lyrics. What are some of the specific qualities about this song's sound that help draw out the dark meaning of its lyrics?

  • Can you think of any examples of songs in which the sound is upbeat but the lyrics are subdued -- or vice versa? What is the overall effect when that happens?

  • What do these lyrics say about violence toward women? Does a song like this promote violence?

Music details

  • Artists: Eminem, T.I.
  • Release date: December 7, 2010
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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