A line calls cigarettes “cancer sticks.” Rhymes recognizes the efforts of poor, immigrant parents who have “Been Through the Storm.”
“Get You Some” and “In the Ghetto” suggest doing whatever it takes—legal or not—to obtain cars, clothes, money and women. Death personified trivializes the afterlife while burying a man alive on “Legend of the Fall Offs” (the victim cries, screams, swears and suffocates). A half-dozen other cuts glamorize gunplay and murder. Instead of cuddling afterward, the rapper beats up his lover on “Touch It.” Sex is casual, kinky and explicit throughout. “I Love My B–ch” admires a woman for all the wrong reasons, including being bold enough to be intimate in public. Drugs are meant to be sold and consumed. Alcohol is an integral part of clubbing. Rhymes repeatedly refers to himself as “god of the block” (“god,” for short). All 15 tracks are loaded with foul language, ranging from f-words and racial slurs to misogynist and anatomical slang.
This rapper/actor (Halloween: Resurrection) saw his bodyguard gunned down at a video shoot for this CD. It was tragic, but understandable. The lifestyle promoted on The Big Bang is an accident waiting to happen.