Shwayze

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Adam R. Holz
Bob Smithouser

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

“Lazy Susan” tells a struggling, homesick teen not to quit or let discouragement cripple her (“For every moment you waste, there’s another right behind it to take its place”). However …

Objectionable Content

That track contains explicit sexual references and the rapper’s declaration that “all I need is a bag of weed.” Other drugs and alcohol in lyrics include Patron tequila, Jack Daniel’s, pills, beer and Benzodiazipam. In fact, there are tracks titled “Mary Jane” and “Corona and Lime.” Harsh profanity and anatomical slang are commonplace. This randy pair ogle what women have (“Roamin'”) and criticize them for what they lack (“Corona and Lime”). Guys are obsessed with sexual gratification and none too choosy about their partners. They “prey on sluts” (“Buzzin'”) and engage in casual drunken encounters (“Polaroid,” which also alludes to a ménage à trois). It’s all shallow and degrading. Anyone who’d question or spoil their fun is held in contempt (“If it ain’t your parents, it’s the d–n police”).

Summary Advisory

Don’t let the laid back, Jack Johnson-meets-Steve Miller vocals and mellow grooves fool you. The Malibu duo of Aaron Smith (aka Shwayze) and Cisco Adler simply gives raunchy hip-hop a less abrasive, stoner vibe. Smith has said, “My music is a representation of a lifestyle. I smoke weed and surround myself with pretty girls and make music about it. So spark up a blunt and press play!”

Adam R. Holz

After serving as an associate editor at NavPress’ Discipleship Journal and consulting editor for Current Thoughts and Trends, Adam now oversees the editing and publishing of Plugged In’s reviews as the site’s director. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. In their free time, the Holzes enjoy playing games, a variety of musical instruments, swimming and … watching movies.

Bob Smithouser
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