I’ll be the first to admit that some of the music on my iPhone isn’t suitable for minors. I’ve rapped along with the likes of Rick Ross, Mobb Deep and countless other profane filled verses, but I’ve also yelled at the top of my lungs to some raunchy ass Guns & Roses, Prodigy and Prince lyrics. With that said, parental discretion was always used when it came to the music my son listened to. At the age of 14, he still doesn’t know who or what a Two Chainz refers to and probably has no interest.
Recently a video produced by an L.A based ad agency went viral. It has some of hip-hop’s raunchiest lyrics recited by children. Jimmy Smith II and Jarrel Smith of Amusement Park, “Kids” video not only focuses on the dirty language of today’s hip-hop, but also the misogynistic lyrics and drug overtones.
“We just wanted to hold up a mirror to the types of messages we pump into our heads all day,” the Smiths told FastCoCreate. “We hope this film pushes some of our favorite, super-talented artists to push themselves toward more honest and balanced art. Not cleaner or censored, but honest. If rappers rapped about Hot Wheels and ice cream on every song it wouldn’t be honest either. But if you have 12 songs about money, where are the songs about the things money does NOT fix? Nobody is perfect, but as creatives we can always be honest. Honesty–it’s what makes truly great art, great.”
Most kids in the age group of the ones featured in the video probably have no idea what they’re talking about, but to hear a little girl repeating “pu**y ho” is definitely disheartening.