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Free Yourself

Idol winner is predictable but powerful.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Mostly good stuff for girls.

Not applicable

Hints of sexual activity, such as "You had her in my car."


The "N" word is used once, to describe a loser boyfriend.


The TV tie-in is obvious.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Nothing obvious.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fantasia's debut CD is mostly harmless, and she uses her magnificent voice to deliver predictable girl-power messages. You may want to note that the "N" word is used once to describe a loser boyfriend.

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What's the story?

Like her predecessors on American Idol, Fantasia's fantastic voice won her a record deal, but unlike Kelly, Clay, and Ruben, she also won attentive production standards and backup musicians on her FREE YOURSELF album. It's nice to see the American Idol machine taking better care of its fledgling artists, and Fantasia has a voice and style that rise to the occasion. The songs seem calculated to appeal to young girls, with a couple of "You don't treat me right so get out of my life" themes, a few sentimental love -- and lost-love -- songs, and respectful covers of "You Were Always On My Mind" and "Summertime."

Is it any good?


One notable high point on the CD is "Baby Mama," a stylish and spirited anthem in support of young single mothers that doesn't shy away from the tough stuff ("I see you paying your bills/I see you working your job/I see you going to school/And girl I know it's hard"). Fantasia gets some A-list help from Missy Elliott, who produced and co-wrote three tracks and performs on "Selfish (I Want U 2 Myself)," and Jermaine Dupree, who produced "Got Me Waiting." But it's "Baby Mama" and "Truth Is" that steal the show with powerful vocals and lovingly produced classic R&B instrumental tracks.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to treat someone in a relationship. You can also use "Baby Mama" to talk to your kids frankly about the hardships of young, single parenthood.

Music details

Artist:Fantasia Barrino
Release date:November 23, 2004
Label:J Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byWuvBooks April 9, 2008


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Teen, 16 years old Written bymc2004 April 9, 2008


This is a very nice R&B debut. Fantasia proves she has an excellent voice, and the excellent producers here (Missy Elliot, Rodney Jerkins, Jazze Pha) never let her down. Stand-out tracks include Truth Is, Don't Act Right, and my favorite, Baby Mama). Language is iffy, there is one bad word, but violence, sex, drugs, and commercialism are not an issue (Yes, she is from American Idol, but there are no tie-ins). I said social behavior was good, because she sends strong messages, particularly on Baby Mama, a song which may help and inspire struggling single mothers.