Battle of the Sexes

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Entertaining but over-sexed hip-hop LP is for adults only.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Although there are brief moments where gender inequality is acknowledged ("if men sleep around they be saying we players, but for women they be saying hey h-"), the overriding message, however, is that women need to be available to satisfy men's sexual needs, and this is what defines a woman's self worth. "I don't take her on no date." "Don't call me after midnight unless we havin' sex."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sex, sex, sex: that's what listeners will come away with. Cheating is seen as an everyday occurrence, and men treat women like objects. "My chick do stuff that your chick wish she could."

Violence

"I knock a bitch out and [she] comin' out swingin' like Tiger Woods' wife." There are a few references to domestic violence and/or rough sex.

Sex

Where do we begin?! There is talk of sexual positions, penetration, oral sex, stripper poles, and explicit references to sexual activities. Private body parts are also discussed in detail with lots of slang terms used.

Language

Every expletive and the n-word are used in great quantity on this album.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and driving, irresponsible drinking, pill popping, and pot smoking can all be found here.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJared Galczynski June 3, 2014

Battle of the Reviewers

Entertaining and non-sexual LP is for kids only.
Adult Written byLauraBenson August 13, 2018

Amazing

Who on earth wrote these? It’s not sexual at all
Teen, 13 years old Written by141739cuto June 1, 2013

Not

It's not for kids under17 or 18
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018

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?

Music details

  • Artist: Ludacris
  • Release date: March 9, 2010
  • Label: DTP Recordings
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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