Hate It or Love It



Explicit in every way; guest stars can't save CD.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Sexist and racist language; the "N" word is used repeatedly.


There's a "pistol in my pocket" and a few other references to weapons and violence.


Explicit sexuality, including references to "my d--k", a condom off, in addition to a lot of innuendo of the "tell her to swallow me" variety.


Every four-letter word you can think of, without a trace of artistry or social consciousness.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Many references to drugs and drinking ("Air full of smoke" and "pocket full of dope"). Getting high seems to be the accepted norm in Chingy-land.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this CD bursts out of the gate with a string of four-letter words, and goes on to reinforce Chingy's sentimental attachment to drugs, guns, and exploitative sex. While some of his contemporaries use visceral imagery to make passionate and thoughtful points about the state of the world we live in, Chingy is here strictly (and oh so tediously) for the party.

What's the story?

On HATE IT OR LOVE IT, Chingy goes a long way to cement his status as the world's most monotonous rapper, even while showcasing some impressive talent in cameos by the likes of Ludacris, Amerie, and other guests. Sadly, these pals provide the only impressive performances on the album, sizzling away while Chingy regales us (in stunningly repetitive and lusterless detail) with anecdotes about his life as a too-cool-for-school party boy and bon vivant.

Is it any good?


A teensy bit of improvement on the instrumental tracks, some intricate rhythmic play, and a bit of humor (delivered by the guests) make for some mild improvement over other Chingy discs. But for those families who occasionally break the rules on explicit content in the interest of redeeming social importance or even sheer artistry, Hate It or Love It is a good one to skip.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Chingy's need to be explicit. Do artists really need to shock the listener with swear words, sexual lyrics, and references to drugs and drinking? Does the mature -- and inappropriate -- content make the album stronger? Families can also talk about what (if anything) special guests add to the mix.

Music details

Release date:December 18, 2007
Label:Disturbing the Peace
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 10 years old November 3, 2009


Nothin' good
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written bynatedogg March 6, 2009

a must have album

this is one of the best chingy albums i have heard in my life. you have to get this no matter what common sense says


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