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Varies widely, from the intelligent social critique (in songs like Big Boi's "Sumthin's Gotta Give") to songs that celebrate violence, greed, pimping, etc. There are forums dedicated to music, but users often go off-topic and post inappropriate things.
Violence & Scariness
Some songs boast about violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
It's easy to find music that has graphic lyrics about sex. For example, a featured video from Dem Franchize Boys includes scantily clad women and the lyric, "Twenty-eight inches make it hard to stud a bitch."
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Plenty of the songs/featured videos in the music catalog contain profanity of all types, including the "N" word.
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Products & Purchases
Every page has ads. Users can buy MP3s, albums, and ringtones from third-party sites.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some songs celebrate drinking and drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that teens need a MySpace account to access this music feature, so the usual concerns about privacy and social networking sites apply. Teens can listen to music for free, but there are plenty of opportunities to buy MP3s, albums, and ringtones through third-party sites. The extensive song library runs the gamut from completely tame to totally age-inappropriate, even for teens (some are very sexual, others reference violence and drinking, many have strong language, etc.). There's a fair amount of hating and other iffy behavior in the forums.
Is It Any Good?
Creating playlists is a lot of fun, and the media player is easy to use -- since it pops up, you don't have to stay on MySpace to use it. There's a cool feature that shows you the songs that your friends have added, although you can only share public playlists. Searching for songs or artists can be a bit tricky, since there are plenty of "imposter" profiles created by fans. And the onslaught of ads can get annoying, though teens may be used to it on MySpace. Still, it's worth putting up with these flaws to get access to the wide range of free songs.
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