"Way Too Cool" / "Theraflu" (CD Single)

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Under the weather? This explicit song may make it worse.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Nothing positive, unless you're sick and need the name of a good flu medicine. He mocks PETA by saying, "Tell PETA my mink is draggin' on the floor."


Positive role models

West is brilliant as a rapper, but his reputation is still tainted by his arrogant interruption of Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs. Maybe Kim Kardashian will get him on the right track.

Not applicable

Nothing explicit, but does say, "Can I get a bad bitch without no flaws to come meet me with no drawers?"


"F--k" and "motherf----r" several times, "N" word, "bitch," "ass."


Lyrics repeatedly say, "Can't a young n----a get money anymore?" Mentions Anna Wintour, You Tube, Project Runway, PETA, Kim Kardashian, and oh yeah, Theraflu.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Way Too Cool" (initially titled "Theraflu") is generating buzz because of Kanye West's apparent declaration of love for his new girlfriend, reality star and 72-day wife to Kris Humphries (who?), Kim Kardashian. It's a raging rant about money and not caring what people think, with lots of profanity, including "f--k" and the "N" word. Lots of labels and brands are dropped, and there's some sexual innuendo, as well.

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What's the story?

Kanye West and DJ Khaled release the song "THERAFLU" (changed to "Way Too Cool" under pressure from the cold-remedy big wigs), a rap-rant about making money and not caring about what anyone thinks except, well, Kim Kardashian.

Is it any good?


"Way Too Cool" / "Theraflu" might have some glimpses of Kanye West's talent, but when the hype around a release is all about the fact that it's named after a virus remedy or the mere mention of a reality star, it's a good indicator that it's pretty forgettable. At least now no one will forget what to do if they get the flu: not listen to this song.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the hype that always surrounds Kim Kardashian, someone famous for being famous. Do you think society places too much emphasis on reality stars or celebrities just because they're on TV or covered in magazines? What's the appeal? What kind of message does this send to kids?

  • What's the allure of being famous? What are some of the downsides?

  • Kanye West has certainly had a lot of success as a musician, but he's had a bad reputation in recent years. Do you think celebrities should be judged by how they act when they aren't working?

Music details

Artist:Kanye West
Release date:April 6, 2012
Labels:Def Jam, Good Music
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byscreambrentleyx3 April 27, 2012


This song makes you think not stress and just think about things being way to cool. This song makes you want to be happy all the time instead of stress.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 5 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 April 30, 2012


Kanye West has certainly had a lot of success as a musician, but he's had a bad reputation in recent years


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