Graffiti

Common Sense Media says

R&B star reinvents himself; only crime here is his swagger.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Not all of the messages are negative; for instance, Brown sings about being repentant for wronging his girlfriend. But the songs with swagger (bragging about having lots of money and women) may turn off some parents considering the album for their kids. 

Positive role models

Brown continues to do damage control since his act of aggression toward Rihanna, avoiding controversy and trying to reestablish his good-guy image. That said, his exceptionally violent behavior remains hard to forget.  

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some sexual references here and there, including "Girl, when you step off wet from the shower / I just want ya to lay down, just stay naked." 

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

A handful of products -- such as Gucci, Movado, Louis Vuitton, Ducati, and Range Rover -- crop up throughout the album.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple of allusions to drinking; for example, mentions "bottles popping" as well as drinking Belvedere and Ciroc (brand-name vodkas).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that GRAFFITI is relatively tame from an adult-content standpoint. It omits explicit language and violence, and it only occasionally makes cursory references to sex and drinking. The CD’s worst offenses are the few songs that brag about having a lot of money and women. There are also quite a few mentions of brand-name luxury items.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

GRAFFITI is the first full-length record from R&B singer Chris Brown since he physically attacked former girlfriend and fellow singer Rihanna. The artist understandably had a lot to say on this album (the deluxe version even includes a second disc with six additional tracks), and the varied song lyrics reflect it. The lyrical themes are all over the map, from mourning lost love, to boasting about having lots of money and women, to frustration with the down-side of fame. Through it all, however, Brown keeps the content fairly clean: he avoids swearing and violence, and minimizes the eyebrow-raising references to sex. He also gets assists from a wide variety of guest artists, including Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Swizz Beatz, Eva Simmons, and Plies.

Is it any good?

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On Graffiti, Brown's drive to reinvent himself is almost palpable. Several songs, like the electro-infused "Wait" and “I Can Transform Ya,” as well as the tune "Pass Out” -- which samples the decades-old track “Valerie” by adult-alternative artist Steve Winwood -- find the artist breaking out of his typical R&B comfort zone, and to good effect. He also does a respectable (if not stand-out) job with other tracks that follow a more traditional R&B path. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether artists like Chris Brown should experiment with different musical genres once they become well-known for a particular style. Brown rose to fame based on his smooth R&B songs; does his foray into electro-funk work, or should he stick with what he knows?

  • With the style shift, could Brown simply be attempting to deflect attention away from his personal life -- or is he truly growing as an artist? 

  • Can you separate Chris Brown the artist from the Chris Brown who assaulted Rihanna? Do celebrities' outside lives affect how your view their talent?

Music details

Artist:Chris Brown
Release date:December 15, 2009
Label:Jive Records
Genre:R&B
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byjeffrie February 14, 2010
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its an amzing album and i think you should get it
Teen, 14 years old Written bylady lumps February 10, 2010
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Where did all the love go??????

I love Chris Brown and even though he showed an act of violence towards his ex-girlfriend Rhianna. He deserves another chance like they say forgive and forget.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old April 16, 2010
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This album is pretty good. It doesn't sound like previous Chris Brown albums which in my perspective is a good thing because I really get tired of his stuff. But as I said this album is different, being basically R&B/Pop with Adult Contemporary mixed in on some songs (Lucky Me) and a little electronica mixed into others (I Can Transform Ya). There is some sexual content such as "I wanna lay you down, just stay naked" and "No I can t dance but I can dance on ya". And yes we all know that he beat up Rihanna and they say "forgive and forget" and the bible says always to forgive but some crap just ain't forgettable, you know? But also he is trying to be a better man. There are also a few uses of sh*t that are censored and a couple h*lls and one d*mn. If I were you I would definetly check the album out though, if you like that kind of music :)
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages

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