A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Monica writes about boyfriends, love, and sex, and the disappointments they can bring. But most of the electricity comes from the hip-hop tracks written and coproduced by Missy Elliott.
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What's the story?
On the cover of AFTER THE STORM, Monica stands beside a private jet on a slick tarmac, suggesting that during a five-year layover between albums, she has traveled in new directions. This is no mere gimmick. Monica's voice is a tad lower, a bit stronger and, at 23, she better understands love's disappointments after experiencing them herself. In fact, Monica co-wrote several songs for this album, including \"U Should've Known Better,\" where she chides her boyfriend not to be a sugar daddy to get her love; and \"I Wrote This Song,\" about dangerous choices that force her to leave another boyfriend behind.