A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Watch the Throne is a very mature album that's not meant for tweens or younger teens. In addition to plenty of substance use, violence, sex, consumerism, and profanity, the album also discusses mature topics in depth, including racism and religious differences.
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Is it any good?
Watch the Throne demonstrates why Hova and Yeezy are at the top of the rap game. From the first haunting guitar chords of the album's kick-off tune, "No Church in the Wild," you can tell that this rap record is different. Both artists have commanding yet complementary rhyming styles, and the beats that back them up (especially on "That's My Bitch" and "Murder to Excellence") are exceptional.
Talk to your kids about ...
Does Jay-Z's continued adherence to the classic rap formula -- lots of swagger and talk of illicit behaviors -- prove that rappers must discuss these topics to be successful? Why or why not?
What would happen if Jay-Z wrote songs about his solid family life? Would fans still buy his music?
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