A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "The Show Goes On" is an overall inspiring rap song that's clean compared to a lot of other tunes in this genre. It includes only a few swear words (some N-words and one "s--t") and one vague reference to violence, with the majority of the lyrics centered on a motivating message for kids from the ghetto -- encouraging them to work hard to achieve their dreams for something more in life. It's among the better rap choices for younger teens.
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What's the story?
\"THE SHOW GOES ON\" is a single from the album Lasers, the third full-length CD from Chicago-born rapper Lupe Fiasco. The track features a mostly clean, positive message that encourages kids from the ghetto to rise above trying times and keep striving for something better in their lives. The explicit version of the song contains some profanity, and there's one veiled mention of violence, but it's a generally good choice for younger rap fans -- especially those who could benefit from a supportive shout-out.
Is it any good?
Unfortunately, this song's sound is less inspired than its lyrics, especially compared to the slick hooks in many of the tracks on Fiasco's first album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. The tune's big-synth beat is hard to distinguish from a lot of the other radio-friendly rap out there, making the track fine for club rotations but nothing too memorable.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the different challenges that may be faced by low-income families. How might their lives be different from other families with more money at their disposal?
What can someone without a lot of money do to try to change his or her circumstances? How can you help someone less fortunate than you?
This song is tame by rap standards but still contains profanity. Why do you think most rap songs contain curse words?
For kids who love club tunes
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