A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
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?