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.

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  • MimiLuvs

    …Which is why I am careful about what genres of music that I play, when I am around my niece, nephews and my godchildren. Even though the youngest children do not know the definitions of the terms, euphremisms and the raunchy language, the thought of those kids hearing those words causes my skin to crawl.
    I was raised around adults who placed all of the children in the living room while the ladies sat in the kitchen. Now, I am noticing children are staying up in their mothers’ mouths.

  • I’ll never understand why people think it’s okay to have children say things like this for ads or PSA’s or whatever. You think just because they’re actors it doesn’t have an effect on them? If the words are harmful, you don’t prove that by paying kids to say them.

    • Yeah…I’m perfectly happy with the theory of this as opposed to the actuality.

      I don’t want to see little kids repeating profane and disgusting things but I understand the power of having them do so.

      I remember I think in Meet the Parents, the toddler was supposed to repeat @$$hole after learning it from an adult. But if you listened closely (which I did because I’m a dork), the kid was saying “sssss hole.”

      But kids are perfect sponges and hope this video helps someone who doesn’t know that to understand that better.

    • MommieDearest

      I know right?

      I guess the kids’ parents are going to have to “detox” them now. But the seed has already planted. *sigh*

  • the point is that kids already know the words, theres no seed to plant.