Son of a Gun

Common Sense Media says

Mild series follows up-and-coming rapper's business moves.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series highlights the challenges that come with trying to break into the music industry, like learning who to trust, how to stay focused, and how to deal with business and financial issues. It also shows how difficult it is when business mixes with family.

Positive role models

Peter Gunz appears to have his son’s best interest at heart, but Ed Woods’ and Nick Cannon’s interest in Cory is motivated by both family friendship and profit. Cory is a motivated artist.


Despite the word "gun" in the title, the show isn't violent. But arguments do sometimes break out between the various people trying to control Cory’s career.

Not applicable

Words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.


The show is a promotional vehicle for Corey Gunz and his music. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Liquor bottles are visible at parties and social events.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this docuseries, which follows an up-and-coming hip-hop artist as he navigates the competitive music industry, is pretty mild, but it does have some bleeped curse words and arguments between industry insiders who are motivated by profit. Liquor bottles are visible at parties and social functions.

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What's the story?

SON OF A GUN follows rap performer Cory Gunz as he attempts to jumpstart his career. After two failed records, the young artist has a final shot at recording and launching a successful album with the help of mentors like actor/rapper Nick Cannon, and Gunz's own father, former hip-hop star Peter Gunz. Cory struggles with some tough choices, which range from choosing a record label to determining whether mixing business and friendship is a good idea, especially when it comes to relying on people like attorney/family friend Ed Wood. Throughout it all, he has to prove to everyone around him that he’s got what it takes to become a star.

Is it any good?


The series, which is produced by Cannon, offers a voyeuristic look at the challenges that up-and-coming artists can face when starting out their careers, like staying focused on their craft when perks like parties and money suddenly become accessible. It also shows how difficult it can be to figure out whether the people surrounding you are thinking more about their desire to profit from their success rather than being truly concerned about your professional and creative development.

It’s honest, but the frequent scenes revolving around business-oriented conversations between Cory and his competing circle of advisors make the show a little tedious. Still, that very monotony underscores the fact that being in the recording industry isn’t always as glamorous as it's made out to be.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it takes to become a successful recording artist. Why isn’t enough for artists to just concentrate on their music? What are some of the perks and pitfalls that come with territory? How does this reality show fit into Gunz's career aspirations?

  • What are some of the stereotypes that exist about hip-hop and rap artists? Do you think these stereotypes are being reflected in this series? Or does it offer another representation of the culture and the people who are a part of it?

TV details

Cast:Cory Gunz, Nick Cannon, Peter Gunz
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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