Chicken N Beer

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Clever at times but disturbing. Not for kids!

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

There's no high social consciousness here, but there's also no racism. Sexism is a whole other story.

Violence

There's moren-your-face language than violence.

Sex

"You in between the sheets, lickin' and eating sweets" -- and that's on the edited version. There's a lot of explicit sex here.

Language

It's pretty obvious which words are edited out, on the edited version.

Consumerism

There are references to conservative pundit Bill O'Reilly's efforts to get Pepsi to cut Ludacris off their payroll.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Drugs are mentioned more than once. "Diamond in the Back" is a poignant peek inside the thoughts of a wanna-be drug dealer, and kind of a heart-tugger.

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.

User Reviews

Parent of a 1, 10, 14, and 17 year old Written bySystemOfANintendo August 4, 2010

Like everything Ludacris awful!

Sexist, revolting, and explicit. Plus it shows no talent!
Parent of a 1, 4, 7, 11, 16, and 18+ year old Written bypopcornpop1997 March 15, 2009

INNAPROPRIATE!

not good for anyone under 16
Kid, 10 years old July 8, 2010

10 years old is too young.

My mom has this album,and I'm not allowed to even TOUCH it.
Teen, 13 years old Written bymisstaylor2345 February 1, 2010

omg

looool i like him but if i had kids noo way.......he tlks about sex calling girls the B word and the H word

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why so many rappers have to be shocking in order to gain attention.

Music details

  • Artist: Ludacris
  • Release date: October 7, 2003
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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