A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this album is completely off limits for kids. Even the edited version isn't safe (you still hear all the sexy stuff like moans, and a lot of the profanities are still obvious). The main offender is sexual content, and there's a whole lot of it. Profanity, violence, and substance abuse are all on display, as well.
What's the story?
BATTLE OF THE SEXES was originally intended to be a duet album, a rap battle between the male point of view (Ludacris) and the female challenger (Shawnna). However, when Shawnna took up with T-Pain's record label, her presence on the album disappeared as well, and Luda was left to go it alone. So instead the rapper brought in a host of guest appearances, such as Flo Rida, Plies, and Ne-Yo. Look for more female rappers and singers than are generally featured on a rap album, like Eve, Lil' Kim, Nicki Minaj, Ciara, and Monica.
Is it any good?
For the over-21 crowd, this is a fun album that shows off Luda's inner freak as well as his uncommonly good rhyming and writing skills. There are moments when even the most jaded adult might raise an eyebrow, but things never get so bad that they become insulting or gross. Ludacris keeps a light humor throughout the tracks, and guest appearances are seamlessly woven into the kinky works. "I Know You Gotta Man," "My Chick Bad," and "Sexting" are particularly entertaining, with each giving a slight twist on the conventional rap formula. Things never get boring, with Ludacris daring to even bring in Alvin and the Chimpmunks audio effects and references to Tiger Woods' marital difficulties to this affair.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how women are viewed in hip-hop music. How does it make you feel about your own body when you hear women being judged by their sex appeal? Does it help to recognize that bad stereotypes don't reflect how real women look or behave?
"Sexting" is one of the songs on this album. What are the dangers of doing risky things over your cell phone? What are some rules to always follow about cell phone use? Have you talked to your family about the consequences of sexting?
Families can talk about Tiger Woods, who is referenced on the album. What can you learn from the Tiger Woods scandal? Has your opinion of him changed, or do you think his private life doesn't affect what he has done on the golf course?