Collision Course

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Flawed but fun for older teens.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 10 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Sexist for sure, but the overall inter-band feeling is one of cooperation.


Some references to weapons.


Some sexual references.


Pretty strong language.


MTV tie-in!

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that despite some strong language, this is an interesting collaboration between two very different musical worlds.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11-year-old Written bycorneater January 22, 2010

explict lyrics that would probably fit older taste

I really liked the cd. Linkin Park is a phenomenal unique band that expresses their luv 4 rap and metal into one genre: nu-metal. J-Z sounds swaggerish in the... Continue reading
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byjsharpe October 24, 2009
not again
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018
Teen, 14 years old Written bysensibledude123 April 19, 2012

Great!, but watch for language.

i dont know what they're talking about!!, this "mashup" was a great mix of Jay z and linkin park that definently changed the way I looked at the... Continue reading

What's the story?

Watching the DVD portion of the COLLISION COURSE package, you can't help but notice a kind of unintentional sweetness that the artists -- Linkin Park and Jay-Z --bring to this collaboration. They are all visibly excited about the project and thrilled to be working together, and that attitude goes a long way toward making everything work. Fans may be disappointed that there are only six songs on the CD; others may feel that six is more than enough for a \"mashup\" novelty. Despite some strong language, the songs don't seem to really say much of anything lyrically. An edited version, though very clumsily done, is available for younger fans.

Is it any good?

The songs themselves are this CD's greatest weekness. Despite everyone's enthusiastic efforts, they sound self-conscious and somewhat forced. The heavy metal/hip-hop combo works well about half the time. The greatest strength is the obvious spirit of cooperation and camaraderie, which comes across vividly in the DVD section. If pop music gave a "Miss Congeniality" award, this CD (or, more accurately, the spirit in which it was recorded) would be a serious contender.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether performers' enthusiasm plays into the success of a CD. Also, are there other unusual "mashup" combinations out there?

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