A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Turn Down for What (feat. Lil Jon)" is a mostly instrumental electronic track with party-rap savant Lil Jon chiming in with his usual debauchery, in this case rhetorically asking, "Turn down for what?" The opposite of turning down is, of course, in today's vernacular, to "turn up," which means to get drunk, high, or both. DJ Snake's label Mad Decent released a piece of artwork to accompany the track, which is a cartoon drawing of a guy in a T-shirt holding balloons, with both middle fingers raised.
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What's the story?
TURN DOWN FOR WHAT is a single from French producer and frequent Lady Gaga collaborator DJ Snake, featuring vocals from Atlanta producer and hype man Lil Jon. Similar to other tracks from Diplo's Mad Decent label roster, such as Baauer's smash-hit "Harlem Shake," "Turn Down for What" is built around a series of buildups and massive beat drops.
Is it any good?
2013 was the year that trap -- a hybrid of southern hip-hop, dubstep, and other energetic EDM styles -- ascended to national prominence, and the exciting and speaker-shaking "Turn Down for What" builds on that momentum. Although some listeners might not be able to find meaning in the silly repeated phrases that are the basis for this type of music, at the end of the day it's party music to dance to, and no one gets it started quite like Lil Jon. Parents probably don't want to hear their kids bragging about "turning up" or refusing to "turn down," but it's simply a modern form of "rocking out" or "getting down."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the rise of "trap" music and primarily instrumental electronic pop songs. What about the sparse and searing beats do you think appeals to listeners?
Lil Jon has been out of the spotlight for a while but has resurfaced as a sort of cheerleader for the Electronic Dance Music and massive rave scene. What do you think of his role as the unofficial king of party music?