Elephunk

 
Some profanity and sex, but substance as well.

What parents need to know

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.

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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

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Teen, 17 years old Written byitisme April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

Very upbeat

If catchy, upbeat, dancable tunes are what you like, this is the album for you! After listening to this CD, I just couldn't get the beats out of my head. Worth looking at.
Adult Written byHappy Farmer April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

Clean, but bad music

The CD on the whole is very clean compared to some other things most of us (kids) listen to. However, the music was awful. Unless you're a die hard Black Eyed Peas fan, don't blow your money.
Teen, 13 years old Written bycinnagurl May 4, 2011
age 12+
 

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 or eminem.
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