Elephunk

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Some profanity and sex, but substance as well.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 16 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

"Let's Get Retarded" is wildly open to interpretation, though it contains its own lyrical disclaimer.

Violence

This is a dance record, first and foremost.

Sex

There is some sexual imagery, notably in the song "Sexy" ("Take off our clothes/We look better undressed").

Language

The "s" word is used here and there, as is the "n" word.

Consumerism

There are no obvious commercial references.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There's a bit of "get high" innuendo. Ecstasy is mentioned.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD is a study in contradictions: sexist and sexy; heavily PC at times (lyrics in Tagalog, moments of heavy-handed social consciousness) and questionable at others ("Let's Get Retarded!"). If you're not disturbed by occasional profanity, you'll enjoy these songs.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17-year-old Written bylove2 October 1, 2009

my dad got me this alblum when i was 6

my dad got me this alblum when i was 6 and i still like it. Well the only song from the alblum me and my friends listen to is sexy because it is wicked funny!!!... Continue reading
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

Rap and junk....

Why is this the popular music of today? Man we need to bring Shonen Knife, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day and Weezer back to the center ring of music lik... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan April 15, 2018

Great album, but the age-appropriateness is mixed

I have now listened to the full album. Most of the songs are decently clean, but some are pretty graphic. But it's much less mature than other hip-hop and... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycinnagurl May 4, 2011

heard worse

i had this cd when i was 12 and i thought it was inappropiate. where is the love is a song 4 eberyone 2 listen 2. heard worse. think this is bad try lil wayne o... Continue reading

What's the story?

The Black Eyed Peas seem to have worked very hard on ELEPHUNK. The performances are consistently excellent and the songwiting is carefully eclectic. The social messages are all over the place, even contradictory. There's big-time social consciousness (on \"The APL Song\" and \"Where Is The Love\"), sexiness (on \"Sexy\" and \"Latin Girls\"), and sexism (pretty much everywhere, oddly enough, since they seem quite enlightened in other areas). Let's Get Retarded begs to be the most controversial song, inspiring endless fan-group postings about whether or not it is making fun of the developmentally disabled, or simply a let's-get-crazy dance anthem in the humorous \"dare to be stupid\" vein.

Is it any good?

The production on this CD is exquisite, with excellent performances and interesting songwriting. Melding every known brand of funk with hip-hop, the Black Eyed Peas have come up with an end result that is powerful, danceable, and fun. Those who are not disturbed by the occasional profanity or sexual reference will just keep dancing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the controversial "Let's Get Retarded!" Is it a song for fun and dancin' or is it offensive and immature? Does commercial music need to have a conscience?

Music details

  • Artist: The Black Eyed Peas
  • Release date: October 7, 2003
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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