A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that WE ARE YOUNG MONEY is full of hardcore swearing, graphic sexual allusions, substance use, and violence. It repeats the f- and s-words throughout, mentions sex with multiple partners, glorifies getting drunk and stoned, and talks about shooting and knifing people.
What's the story?
WE ARE YOUNG MONEY is the first full-length album from rap collective Young Money -- a group of nearly a dozen young rap artists compiled by their famous leader, Lil' Wayne. Though rising star Drake is on the roster, most of the remaining names (Gudda Gudda, Mack Maine, Tyga) are still fairly obscure. Though the album's long list of 15 tracks gives the group plenty of room to diversify, they stick to three main themes: sex, partying, and violence. Each song gives very graphic detail about the group's exploits in these areas, with lyrics such as "Bounce till the springs gone,
Is it any good?
We Are Young Money feels less like an attempt to make good music than an excuse to brag about personal greatness. The unimaginative hooks sound like after-thoughts, cobbled together at the last minute only so that these boring diatribes could be classified as "music." And the worn-out rhymes themselves seem never-ending, with each track going on and on so that several rappers get their due.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the qualities that make young people impressive in the eyes of their friends. Do young adults, like the artists in Young Money, need to brag about sexual experiences, partying, and violence in order to look cool? If the answer is no -- then why do they do it?
What else besides boasting about sex, substances, and violent behavior can teens do to attract respect and admiration among their peers?