D 12 World

Zigzags between offensive and funny; not for kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Nothing you would want your kid to imitate.




All explicit, all the time.


Hard-core potty-mouth.


An insert offers email hosting and clothing, both brought to you by Shady Ltd.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking


Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is absolutely nothing socially redeeming about this album, but guess what? It's funny and imaginative anyway. Definitely not for everybody (or those under 17), but for those mature enough to see through crude puerile posturing, there's some good writing and a lot of humor. Approach with caution.

What's the story?

The members of D12 can be divided into two categories: \"Eminem\" and \"Not-Eminem.\" Those in the second category -- band members Proof, Kuniva, Swift, and Bizarre -- address their relative obscurity on the novelty track \"My Band,\" in the spirit of good dirty fun. In an era when many rap and hip-hop artists take themselves far too seriously, the goofiness of D12 WORLD might seem like a breath of fresh air -- well, that is, if the fresh air wafted over your local toxic waste dump first. Relentlessly obscene lyrics and hopelessly sexist posturing are meant to offend, while the undeniable energy and sense of fun creep under your skin anyway.

Is it any good?


The worst thing about this album, for those of us who embrace enlightened social, political, and humanistic values, is that it is absolutely, undeniably, 100 percent ALL WRONG. Yet while the lyrics may be awful, they are also awfully clever, sometimes hilarious. For those mature enough to know better, the CD becomes a fun though guilty pleasure -- and a chance to discuss some of the twisted lyrics with your mature teen.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why this group seems so set on shocking listeners.

Music details

Artist:D 12
Release date:April 19, 2004
Label:Shady Records
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Adult Written bygunitsoldier101 April 9, 2008
age 0+

Great for 16+

This cd is great if you are looking for a raunchy cd that will have you listening to it over and over. Don't play in front of little kids. Highlight songs: Good Die Young,40 Oz, American Physco II, and Get My Gun.
Kid, 12 years old March 18, 2013
age 13+

constantly cursing

d12 is a hip hop group that is constantly cussing nothing that a child hasent heard but i listen to the censored versions a lot more suitible
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 1, 10, 14, and 17 year old Written bySystemOfANintendo August 18, 2010
age 17+

This is just WRONG! But it's freaking funny.

Yes, this is nothing for your ten-year-old Eminem fan. And this is filled with violence, sex, and all that. But besides "B**ch", the songs are amazingly written, and hilarious. If your under 15, definitely don't listen, but it's absolutely nothing a 17-year-old hasn't heard. I got it for my 17-year-old, listened to it, and we laughed like crapheads.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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