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 CD contains some songs that are clever send-ups. But Ludicris, talented as he is, is all about shock value with language and image -- and this CD doesn't depart from his past, so please get the edited version for younger teens if you're going to buy it.
What's the story?
There's no doubt about it--Ludacris is funny. He's also a sexist potty-mouth. But there's more to CHICKEN N BEER than sex jokes and posturing. He jumps right in with \"Blow It\" -- a song in which he disses Fox News pundit Bill O'Reilly, who convinced the Pepsi marketing brain trust to dump Ludacris from their ad campaigns because of his lyrical irresponsibility. Again, in \"Hoes in My Room,\" he wonders who's responsible for the trashy women who have appeared in his hotel room after a show -- why, Bill O'Reilly, of course. Whatever you may think of O'Reilly, the lack of restraint is kind of refreshing.
Is it any good?
There's no getting around Ludacris's enthusiasm for tasteless humor, and you should avoid even the edited version of this CD if that's something that yanks your particular chain. But there's also a lot of charm, a bit of stand-up social commentary, and the sense that if you met this guy at a dinner party you'd have a truly delightful evening -- and that's what saves the day.