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D 12 World

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
D 12 World Music Poster Image
Zigzags between offensive and funny; not for kids.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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


What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygunitsoldier101 April 9, 2008

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:... Continue reading
Parent of a 1, 10, 14, and 17 year old Written bySystemOfANintendo August 18, 2010

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 amazing... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 18, 2013

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
Kid, 11 years old May 7, 2010

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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