Wanted

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Bow Wow attempts to prove he's no longer a kid.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Bow Wow seems to be trying to present himself as a positive role model, though there's still some sexist posturing in his lyrics.

Violence

A few references to violent behavior.

Sex

A lot of sexual innuendo.

Language

A sprinkling of four-letter words, fewer than most CDs in the genre.

Consumerism

Occasional brand names mentioned.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lots of drug references, mostly in a negative context.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this CD contains some drug references (mostly with an anti-drug message) and generous usage of the "N" word, as well as sexual innuendo.

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What's the story?

Bow Wow continues to share his growing-up adventures with us all in another self-referential album. Bow Wow's party-boy image and self-conscious swagger are intact, along with some appealing musical hooks and a few positive messages for young fans.

Is it any good?

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What's missing is brilliance -- the instrumental tracks sound dull, and the vocals, however heartfelt, monotone. Bow Wow still seems obsessed with writing lyrics about himself and his popularity with the ladies, though he branches out occasionally on songs like "Big Dreams," a three-verse cautionary tale meant to inspire young fans to keep their eyes on the prize and avoid drugs and gang life. The message is great; for once Bow Wow's obsession with his own history works as kind of a personal warning, as he tells tales of friends and relatives whose lives were destroyed by drugs and gang involvement, in between a hit-you-over-the-head-with-the-message chorus: "When you got big dreams/Don't listen to what nobody say and don't let nobody turn you away/Keep your eyes on the prize and don't fall to the wayside."

The CD ends with a reprise of the song "Eighteen," a song from Bow Wow's last album, made when he was 16. He seems to be trying to say that he's older and wiser now that he really is 18, and maybe as this artist matures he'll continue to find more to write about than his partying expertise.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Bow Wow's apparent attempts to present himself as a positive role model for young people, and whether or not his efforts succeed.

Music details

Artist:Bow Wow
Release date:July 12, 2005
Label:Sony Music
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byRRosatti April 9, 2008
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I thought...

I thought that the songs were catchy, but they are sort of iffy in the sex department...

"I ain't never had nobody do me like you."

However, this song did feature Ciara, who he is currently engaged to, so I guess it kind of offsets. This CD is one of those CD's that is ok but a little iffy. Language is fine, and mostly he just tries to be cool.

Adult Written byStephy April 9, 2008
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Excellent for anyone.

His songs are pure masterpieces. Compared to the content in other rap albums, his is nothing. Besides he's too cute!

Kid, 11 years old Written byjasondoggybag April 9, 2008
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OK....

Well, all I have to say is,

THIS GUY THINKS HE'S THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD!!!!!!

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