All or Nothing

 
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What parents need to know

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.

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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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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 are you?? As a father of two and an educator to many other wonderful kids, reviews like this make me sick. Here is a quick check list on Fat Joe: 1. He is the CEO of Terror Squad Entertainment. 2. He was arrested in 1998 for beating a man with a baseball bat and stealing his gold chain. 3. He has been named as a witness in two (yes two) murder cases. What?? 4. He has been in a rap war with fellow Man of the Year 50 cent for years now. 5. This album also features troubled artists and humans R. Kelley and Eminem. 6. The lyrics are extremely offensive to kids, women, and any decent person. (This album is profanity laced, uses the N-word, and women are commonly referred to as sex objects). Again, I can't understand how someone like Fat Joe can be given the thumbs up to our children. I am new to this site, and this is my first review. Too bad we can't give zero stars. Please, for the good of humanity, reject this filth and restore good, wholesome, and ethical forms of entertainment- Say No to Fat Joe.............. Standing up for what is right- American Dad
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old May 4, 2011
 

Nothing for kids...

...yet it's popping up on the recommendations?!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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 girl acting in way to promiscious to evfen describe and the fact there is areview who says that his/her idol when they only 13 shows how we dont care much for the future generations
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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