"Young, Wild and Free" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Rap song makes smoking pot, drinking alcohol seem fun.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Negative messages about engaging in irresponsible behaviors, like smoking marijuana, drinking, and ditching school.

Positive role models

Song is about breaking rules and taking illegal substances.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

One indirect reference to sex: "Keep it player for these hoes / And look clean don't it ... washed it the other day, see how you lean on it."

Language

The "N" word, "hoes."

Consumerism

King Kong, Chevy Chase, 501 jeans.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The whole song is about drinking and smoking pot, and it's presented in a fun, lighthearted manner.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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?

Music details

Artists:Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa
Release date:October 11, 2011
Type:Single
Label:Atlantic
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
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  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byClippersInLA December 20, 2011
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Don't let your kid be completely Young, Wild, and Free.

Great song about being young and free, doing whatever you want, smoking dope, skipping school, and getting drunk. The song is pretty good in itself, but think about your kid before you choose this song. Rolling joints (marijuana cigarettes) bigger than King Kong's fingers is a little unnerving for parents, smoke them down to their stingers is a line that exhibits the drug content, and if I skip for the day I'm with your (expletive) smoking grade A also exhibits the skipping school and drug/sexual content. Don't be overprotective, but know your kid before you let him/her listen to this.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written bybooklover27 January 15, 2012
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

Ugh

Why on Earth would anyone listen to this cr*p!!! Ugh, i've never even listened to this entire song because it just repulses me. And I only said Off for 17 because this music is just garbage
Teen, 14 years old Written bymusicmoviesandmore March 6, 2012
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

great song, bad messages

overall its a really good song. the drugs are a real problem, but i really loved the song
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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