Hoodstar

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Lazy lyrics, boring tracks, and nasty rap

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some racist language; most of the lyrics are demeaning and sexist -- women are sex objects in jeans and thongs and nothing more.

Violence

Some violent imagery in the lyrics.

Sex

Explicit sexual references. "She got a little tipsy/Then started feeling on me/Then start feeling on herself....Then she got on top and let it drop."

Language

Every four-letter word you can think of.

Consumerism

Insert contains an ad for ringtones; some clothing brands are mentioned in the lyrics.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Several references to drugs and drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Chingy's new CD not only is monotonous and boring, but also employs every kind of provocative language there is. The edited version is badly done and not worth the trouble.

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What's the story?

Chingy does it again -- or maybe, DOESN'T do it again -- on HOODSTAR. Droning, monotone backing tracks provide the perfect audio setting for some of the laziest lyrics in popular music, making the listener long for the cleverness of Ludacris. As usual, it's all about the night life -- and how women's rear ends look in (or out of) their tight jeans. Even die-hard fans might expect a little more substance this time around. The only bright spots are provided by guest artists, who manage to raise the energy and artistry level a few notches just by providing talented voices that aren't Chingy's.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Let's start with Chingy's voice: flat and unexpressive, whether he's appreciating a trendily dressed tush or trying to present himself as an artist with depth by dedicating a really bad song to Katrina and 9/11 victims' relatives. There are the lyrics, generously sprinkled with expletives and bad rhymes (rhyming "body" with "somebody" is just plain lazy songwriting). Then there are the tracks. Most of the songs hang on one note throughout, with no chord changes, interesting samples, or rhythmic excitement. Bottom line: Hoodstar is incredibly, irretrievably, and inconsolably boring.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Chingy's refusal (or inability?) to write songs that contain any hint of cleverness or social relevance. What is the appeal of this phenomenally boring artist?

Music details

Artist:Chingy
Release date:September 19, 2006
Label:Capitol
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Adult Written bysplah April 9, 2008

uh huh

man im like chingys biggest fannn!! but his cd is o.k. i bought it cuz he is so fine..thats the only reason he is so popular
Adult Written byfreebird April 9, 2008

a must-read for teens

Teen, 14 years old Written bybookfriend1993 April 9, 2008

I despise most rap, and this was no exception.

UGH! This gives rappers a bad name!

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