3121

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Funky and sexy dance tunes. Teens and up.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Suggestive lyrics such as "Don't u wanna come," and a song titled "Lolita," which details Prince's observation of a girl who may not be, uh, his age.

Language

A couple of "hells" here and there.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple mentions of champagne.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are several sexual references and some minor curse words ("hell"). There are a few references to champagne. There's also a thin veneer of religion on a few songs.

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What's the story?

Prince's album before this one, Musicology, was a comeback of sorts, bringing back the funky dance music we all used to love. 3121 is Prince's affirmation of his intention to keep going in that direction. When Prince is dancing, Prince feels sexy. And when Prince feels sexy, he's not shy about telling us all about it -- including playful description. Be prepared for suggestive lyrics such as "Don't u wanna come," and a song titled "Lolita," which details Prince's observation of a girl who may not be, uh, his age.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

How well parents can tolerate the innuendos on this CD will vary, but if you let your kids listen to mainstream hip-hop, this should be no problem. And the musical quality is much better. Standouts include the playful "Love" and the funky, sexy "Black Sweat," which will remind Prince fans of his classic song "Kiss."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Prince has evolved as an artist. Is he still relevant in pop/hip-hop music today? Is it possible to be successful in hip-hop without resorting to profanity and violence?

Music details

Artist:Prince
Release date:March 21, 2006
Label:Universal
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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