Back to Basics

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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This sexy, rootsy reggae is not for kids.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

You definitely don't want your kids repeating the sexual lyrics.


Very explicit.


Some strong language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Just a bit.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD isn't for everyone (and certainly not for kids and young teens); but for those who don't mind exuberant sexual explicitness, this is a terrific dance record.

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Kid, 10 years old January 4, 2013

Same old word, i'm tired of it

If I hear the phrase "not for kids" again, I'm gonna spam every page that mentions it. JUST USE SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAT STILL MEANS THE SAME. MA... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bybluepurpleybear April 9, 2008
i really like this cd, but i think that i should have tried to find a edited version,you can't really understand what he (beenie man) is saying until you l... Continue reading

What's the story?

Legendary Jamaican DJ Beenie Man, who signed his first record deal at the ripe old age of 8, takes us back to his island roots on BACK TO BASICS. Nearly 100% libidinous, the lyrics will not be for everyone and are not appropriate for kids. But for those who don't mind cheerfully sexual content, this is one terrific dance record. The CD opens with \"Dude,\" featuring a duet with Ms. Thing singing \"I want a dude with the wickedest slam...I want a dude who would do me in his van,\" with caramel-smooth sweetness as Beenie Man boasts about his own sexual prowess. A delicate flute track and hypnotic groove somehow give the explicit lyrics a playful, rather than crude, feeling.

Is it any good?

Though most of the songs on the album are about sex, one of the high points is "If A Neva God" featuring Kirk Davis -- an exquisite Gospel/Reggae hybrid that immediately gets under your skin. Back to Basics was produced by island heavyweights such as Dave and Tony Kelly and Don Corleone. Its pounding beats and insidious musical hooks keep the energy going under Beenie Man's machine-gun vocal delivery. The result is no-holds-barred dance party fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the enticing raggae beat and how it really makes you want to dance. For older teens, it may be a good idea to acknowledge the sexual content -- and to consider if it somehow adds to the mood.

Music details

  • Artist: Beenie Man
  • Release date: July 13, 2004
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Genre: Reggae
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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