Cannibal

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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More partying, less pizzazz in second CD from pop starlet.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 33 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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

Violence
Sex

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

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

Consumerism

A couple of product references, such as Mercedes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The focus on partying and getting drunk is steady throughout.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant year old Written byrayafunk March 27, 2011
I love it.Cannibal is my fav song by ke$ha kids are going to listen to it even if you say no thats life.They will listen to there kids ipod
Adult Written byprettyboy March 19, 2014

Good, but one song sullies it

Cannibal is an incredible album, but not appropriate for young children. My main concern for age-appropriate listeners is the cissexist and transphobic song... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byImagine80.91 March 13, 2011

Ke*dollarsign*ha

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... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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

  • Artist: Ke$ha
  • Release date: November 22, 2010
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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