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More partying, less pizzazz in second CD from pop starlet.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Ke$ha seems so obsessed with partying and getting "faded" (i.e., drunk) that there's room for little else in her musical repertoire.

Positive role models

Ke$ha's music consistently focuses on irresponsible behavior.

Not applicable

More than a few steamy lyrics, such as: "Your money's not impressing me, it's kinda weak / That you really think you're gonna get my rocks off, get my top and socks off." 


Language includes words like "douchebag" and "s--t."


A couple of product references, such as Mercedes.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The focus on partying and getting drunk is steady throughout.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Cannibal includes a lot of the same themes -- partying, drinking, sex -- found in Ke$ha's first record, Animal. There's also some profanity (including "s--t"). While it's far from the most risque album out there, it features enough mature content that parents probably won't want to buy it for their younger teens and tweens. The CD's emphasis on alcohol is troubling, though it could lead to a discussion about the consequences of partying.

What's the story?

CANNIBAL, the second EP from popster Ke$ha, includes eight songs, most of which revolve around drinking, partying, and sex -- a very similar approach to the one she took in her first record, Animal. Once again, she's produced an album that isn't for tweens or young teens, as it glorifies behavior that can be risky and irresponsible at any age.

Is it any good?


While there was something undeniably appealing about the bubbly, danceable pop tunes on Ke$ha's first record, the songs on her second CD lack a lot of luster. The tempo of some songs -- "Blow," for example -- seems to drag compared to earlier infectious beats like "Tik Tok." The overall effect ends up sounding less fun -- and more played out.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how kids can avoid risky behavior like sex and drinking. When a peer tries to pressure you into doing something you don't want to do, what kind of response can you give?

  • What are the real-life consequences of behavior like that featured in Ke$ha's songs? Why do you think she focuses so much on partying? Would she be as popular if she sang about other topics?

Music details

Release date:November 22, 2010
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byImagine80.91 March 13, 2011


I hate Ke$ha, really, but is it much different than any other mainstream music people my age listen to anyways? I mean don't get me wrong, I still think we've really lowered our standards with music as it is, but Ke$ha really takes home the gold. She's sleazy, and a drunk (but most likely it's all just a publicity stunt). If you're gonna buy your 11 year old a CD, get them Taylor Swift. But if your 13 year old wants to buy this off iTunes, just let 'em.
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byDuckCommander13 September 30, 2014

This is the best E.P ever

This is an awesome addition to Aniaml and in my opinion has better songs. The only sexual content is in Sleazy and Grow a Pear but it's not more than a 14 or 13 year old can handle. There is almost all censored cursing except the B**** in Grow a Pear which is hard to hear completely and there is very mild cursing like h*** and d*** but there are good messages to be yourself. There is some partying and drinking but nothing else. The best song on here is Sleazy. "Blow" is not about blowing things up so don't worry
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written bySalimullah January 31, 2011

Kesha: The Worst Role Model

The Lead Single: We R Who We R is awesome!!! But apart from that, its not worth it ! ! ! The artist does not care about anything apart from clubbing, partying and dudes!! She is a very bad role model!!!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking