Curtis

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Sexist, misogynist, violent, and boring rap.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Sexist and racist language: The "N" word is used repeatedly.

Violence

Many graphic references to guns and violence ("any motherf--ker touch me, I'll murder him" is a milder sentiment) and gunshot sound effects.

Sex

A lot of explicitly sexist -- even more than sexy -- imagery. "You squeal like a little girl you pitiful, chill/We gon' f--k, I just popped this little blue pill...And let me s--t on ya chest and if some pee comes out/Just guzzle it down, just guzzle it down."

Language

Every four-letter word you can think of.

Consumerism

Car brands are mentioned; CD package contains ads for Trilla, Pontiac, G Unit footwear, ringtones and wallpaper, and, um, vitamin water.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Smokin' that yak" (crack) and "I drop a bag off" are just a few of the drug references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this rapper's new offering is sexist, misogynist ("we gonna share the same bitch, I go first"), violent (gunshot sound effects and much, much, more), riddled with drug references ("I drop a bag off" at every opportunity), filled with product mentions -- but also tedious and unimaginative.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytheyarpguy April 9, 2008

Good Music But Not For Young Kids

This album has a few good songs, but is not as good as his new rival (kanye wests) new album. This album is best for kids ages 15 and up, it features language s... Continue reading
Adult Written bygeo51288 April 9, 2008

A Very Bad CD.

The Name to 50 Cent's new Album it's very bad for kids.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

My ears are bleading!!

Looks like "Fiddy" hasn't changed at all since his last CD. Still demeaning women, still cursing his mouth off, and still drug-obsessing! Maybe t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byalpha1014 December 31, 2008

huh

Some of the songs are alright... but yeah, not for kids.

What's the story?

Listening to 50 Cent's CURTIS, it's only natural to expect at least a line or two of soulful songwriting. Unfortunately, 17 tracks' worth of monotone posturing offers up loads of (very sexist) sex, drugs, and violent -- oh, wait, don't forget homophobic and racist -- party fun, but no poetry. Well, never mind. At least the guy can put a song across, right? Well, actually, he's got a pretty tedious take on that too.

Is it any good?

With a vocal range of about five notes and stunningly repetitive tracks, 50 Cent isn't exactly what you'd call a crooner. Lines like "we gonna share the same bitch, I go first" aren't likely to make this a hit with the ladies, and the many, many references to gun play (including visceral sound effects) won't go over at Grandma's house. Add four-letter words, racist language, and matter-of-fact references to drugs, and this starts looking like a really good one to skip.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why so many rappers have to be shocking in order to gain attention. Could they get their point across as vividly with milder language? Aside from shock value, what do they accomplish artistically by pushing the envelope in this way? Families can also talk about what qualities make a CD exceptionally boring, despite obviously provocative content. Is it limited vocal range? A lot of thematic and lyrical repetition? What's your favorite song, by any artist? How could you "50-Cent" it up and make it really, really boring?

Music details

  • Artist: 50 Cent
  • Release date: September 11, 2007
  • Label: Aftermath
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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