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"The Show Goes On" (CD Single)



Mostly positive rap tune with some profanity.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Tells low-income kids not to be discouraged by difficult circumstances and to keep reaching for their dreams.

Positive role models

Promotes hard work and determination to transcend adversity and achieve goals.


Gives a direct thumbs-down to owning guns but has one muted allusion to using them: "That glitterin' may not be gold, don't let nobody play me."

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A few instances of the N-word and one of "s--t."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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. 

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Lupe Fiasco
Release date:May 11, 2011
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 15 years old Written byTechn0boy96 April 16, 2012


Far more than mostly positive. This is an entirely positive song. It has great lyrics, an interesting tune with a few swear words but you can't handle profanity you should listen to music.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old September 11, 2011


i love this song!! it sends a great message! there is some languge but not that much!
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old August 24, 2011

get it now

lupe fiasco you are the new Albert einstien song is awesome who really cares about bad words he wispers them too.


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