Hood Hop

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Minimal musicianship and nasty posturing.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Sexist and racist from beginning to end.

Violence

More than enough violence.

Sex

Lots of explicit sexual references.

Language

Lots of offensive language.

Consumerism

A few brand names mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The single is a celebration of underage drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a particularly mean-spirited album -- all shock value, no musical value.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written bydudeman123 April 9, 2008

massive

this is a fantastic cd this is a rookie rapper and he is amazing i can't get enough of the song ''tipsy''but this guy is a big potty mo... Continue reading
Adult Written byb.c April 9, 2008

I thought he was a rookie when I heard his music

The first time I heard his album I thought that he didn't know how to rap. If you check out the song "Tipsy", that tells you everything, but the... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bystezzzz66 April 9, 2008

OK stuff

The guy is brand new, he's only 17. He uses a lot of bad stuff for a teen though.

What's the story?

Let's start with the hit single from HOOD HOP, \"Tipsy\" -- a celebration of underage drinking -- and take it from there. It begins with this eloquent spoken-word moment: \"Teen drinking is very bad / \"Yeah, I got a fake ID though,\" then goes on to chronicle a drunken party in crushing musical monotony. The CD is an equal-opportunity offender, taking on all the usual suspects with immature nastiness and an extra helping of misogyny. There is supposedly an edited version available, but as is often the case, it's very hard to find. It also doesn't help that production values are lazy and the songs are boring.

Is it any good?

All of the lead vocals on the CD are delivered in a whiny nasal monotone, and overprocessed music tracks lack any spark of creativity. Worst of all is the feeling that the artist himself is just about bored to death. J-Kwon sings even his most titillating lyrics as though he couldn't be bothered to care, and would rather be somewhere else. And if he doesn't care, why should we? This one's a good one to skip.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the deep insecurities that cause people to bully others.

Music details

  • Artist: J-Kwon
  • Release date: March 30, 2004
  • Label: Arista
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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