All or Nothing

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Save your money and buy something else.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

An equal-opportunity offender.

Violence

Explicit.

Sex

Lots of sex, but maybe not quite as explicit as the other stuff.

Language

Explicit.

Consumerism

Not an issue.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Explicit.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the explicit version of this album is equally offensive to everyone, and the edited version sounds just plain stupid. Try to convince your teens to buy something else.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 and 13 year old Written byAmerican-Dad February 13, 2011

Say No to Fat Joe

Wow, someone actually reviewed this garbage and said, "Good if you are mature enough" and rated it "On" for ages 0 and up? Really?? Who ar... Continue reading
Adult Written byMr. Strong April 9, 2008

Good if you're mature enough!

Good if you're mature enough!
Kid, 10 years old May 4, 2011

Nothing for kids...

...yet it's popping up on the recommendations?!
Teen, 16 years old Written byimjustwondering March 27, 2011

mature 17/18+

ok fat joe equals one word and that word is MATURE he way too explicit he is either talking bout money and how he making doing drug deals or he talking bout a g... Continue reading

What's the story?

Unfortunately, it takes more than hard work and a tough Bronx upbringing to make art -- you also need talent and an interesting take on your raw material. Fat Joe may get an \"A\" for effort, but ALL OR NOTHING falls miserably short of appealing in any way. Monotonous and dull, it relies on explicit lyrics, clichéd production tricks, and a slew of star-studded cameos to provide what little energy there is. Even appearances by Eminem, Jennifer Lopez, Li'l Jon, Mase, Mashonda, Nelly, R. Kelly, and Remy Martin don't help a whole lot. And production assists from Streetrunner, Just Blaze, Cool & Dre, Swizz Beatz, DJ Khaled, and Timbaland don't pull this project out of the mush pit either.

Is it any good?

There's no musical consistency on All or Nothing and the individual songs aren't written well enough to make up for the apparent lack of direction. Then there's the content. Lyrics are explicit without being clever; violent, racist, and sexist without ever getting to the point. Fat Joe may hang out with the big boys, and hang in there as a recording artist, but he's going to have to work a lot harder to hold his own as an artistic peer.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how explicit lyrics alone do not make for an interesting album. And even with multiple stars lending their talents, why does this effort fall short?

Music details

  • Artist: Fat Joe
  • Release date: June 14, 2005
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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