"Young, Wild and Free" (CD Single)
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the song "Young, Wild and Free" is mostly about smoking marijuana, with some references to drinking, skipping school, sex, and swearing thrown in. The track makes all of these iffy behaviors seem fun. It's definitely not a tune for younger kids.
What's the story?
"YOUNG, WILD AND FREE" is a single by two rap artists -- Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg -- who share a love of one thing: smoking pot. Like many of the tracks each has released before, this tune talks all about marijuana use, along with drinking alcohol and even cutting class at times: "So what we get drunk, so what we smoke weed, we're just having fun, we don't care who sees."
Is it any good?
With a mellow, piano-based groove and smooth backing vocals from Bruno Mars, this track has undeniable musical appeal. The calm, rolling rap styles of both Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg add to the overall feel-good tone. Too bad the subject matter is off limits for kids.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the potential pitfalls involved in using marijuana or other illegal substances. What are the consequences of using drugs and alcohol? What can happen to a person who gets hooked on drinking or drugs?
Is it fair that artists like Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg gain fame and fortune from releasing songs that glorify substance use? Why or why not?