A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
- Parents say
- Kids say
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.