Drop the Mic

TV review by
Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media
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Celebs face off in a stale, scripted battle rap competition.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

It's basically an insult contest set to a beat, so no great messages here.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The insult-based raps featured on the show are no-holds-barred and are full of fat jokes, racial and sexual humor, and more.

Violence

No actual violence depicted, but some borderline stuff in the lyrics, like one contestant telling another they'll "rip your ass up"; references to killing oneself.

Sex

No nudity or sex visually depicted, but lots of suggestive material in the lyrics. References to virginity, hand jobs, "being on top," and similar. References to "balls," "d--k," and "p---y".

Language

Tons of adult language, sometimes bleeped and sometimes not (it's strangely inconsistent). Words like "s--t," "d--k," "ass," "bitch."

Consumerism

Designer clothing and shoe labels shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Glasses full of champagne are shown being handed around.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Drop the Mic is a scripted competition show based on a segment from a late-night talk show (like Carpool Karaoke). It often features expletive-laden rap lyrics spat out by contestants hoping to outdo each other with insults (meant to be funny, but not always nice). No subject seems to be off limits, and contestants mock one another's weight, sexuality, and race (for example, Korean actor Randall Park is mockingly compared to other Asian actors like John Cho and "Data from The Goonies"). Drinking is occasionally visible, and celebrities use the show as an opportunity to plug their various projects.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byStacey B. December 5, 2017

Just Trash

I know, Im old school. I know they tell the hosts what to wear, why they have to dress the girl like a half dressed slut is beyond me. She would pretty dressed... Continue reading
Adult Written bybobd2 January 27, 2018

Scripted bull$#!%

Its would be a great show if it was REAL. Their lines are pre written. Freestyle singing is suppose to be whats on your mind not paper. Lame. Puts everbody do... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bytaroyal May 6, 2018

i've never watched drop the mic before but i saw a commercial

well i like hip hop music and i can handle explicit lyrics in hip hop songs so teenagers and adults will understand the mature adult themes so i might watch it... Continue reading

What's the story?

DROP THE MIC is the newest show based off a popular segment from James Corden's Late Late Show (the first being the viral sensation Carpool Karaoke: The Series). Hosted by rapper/actor Method Man and actress Hailey Baldwin, the show pits two celebrities against one another as they taunt each other through boastful and cutting rap lyrics, with some help from the in-house band and beatboxer. The winner is chosen via the crowd's reaction -- though in-house "rap expert" Method Man makes the final call as to who goes home with the golden microphone trophy and bragging rights, because (as he rightfully puts it), "The crowd wasn't part of the Wu-Tang Clan. I was." Each episode features two sets of celebrity competitors, which include actors, musicians, and athletes.

Is it any good?

The premise works OK as a "bit" within a longer talk show, but stretch it into a series, and the whole thing falls kind of flat. Historically, battle raps were meant to show off fresh, inventive rapping techniques, and although some were committed to record, many of the best raps in this genre were (and are) performed freestyle and live. While nobody expects, say, James Van Der Beek or NFL player Ron Gronkowski to be able to flex that level of artistry -- and let's face it, part of the fun is seeing how awkward or skilled certain celebs are at it -- it's just not that compelling watching celebs strut around stage reciting lyrics pre-written by comedy writers. Co-host Hailey Baldwin told the press that the contestants are "in the mindset where they know already that there are going to be some digs in there, and it's never surprising to them." This lack of spontaneity comes across in the unflappable non-reactions of the "battling" celebs. At best, Drop the Mic is mildly amusing. At worst, it's boring.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the history of hip-hop culture, and how battle raps became a "thing." Do you think the performers on Drop the Mic really mean the things they say when they're rapping? Does the boastful content ever go too far?

  • What topics would you rap about if you had to? Would you want to prepare ahead of time, or make up your lyrics on the spot?

TV details

For kids who love music

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