A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this album is very teen- and even tween-friendly. There's no bad language, and the LP ignores the trend to include lots of sexy dialogue in the R&B songs. In fact, there are a lot of good messages here, and K'Jon sings about being strong, taking on responsibility, being a man, and avoiding the negative in the world. Simply put, the album is less booty call and more call to action.
What's the story?
Never heard of K'Jon before? Well, you're probably not alone! I GET AROUND is K'Jon's debut label release. But he's no newcomer to the music scene; in fact, K'Jon has been singing to audiences for most of his life. Before his big signing with a record label, K'Jon produced lots of independent creations. On this album, K'Jon sings about his struggles to make it and his belief that doing the right thing will bring good results in the end. Of course there are the romantic tracks, but these are toned down compared to today's R&B standards.
Is it any good?
In an R&B world too often populated by over-the-top sexaholics and hip-hop wannabes, K'Jon is a breath of fresh air. His music is grounded in reality; there's little bling, only a bit of bragging, and very little booty worship. Instead, K'Jon sings about issues that we all can relate to, like turning on the news and getting depressed or trying to focus on aspirations in the face of rejection. K'Jon's attitude seems timely in the rough economic climate. But let's not forget about this guy's vocal skills. Overflowing with old-school soul and smooth harmonies, this album should make any R&B fan happy to get to know this emerging artist.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether an artist who doesn't push the envelope is at a disadvantage. Is it cooler for an artist to be risque than responsible? Racy Music and Your Kids has some helpful tips on dealing with the appeal of music that's too edgy for kids.
K'Jon is a father and veteran artist who's been struggling to get his music heard by the public. Do you think he's a good role model for kids? Should families expect musicians to be role models at all?
K'Jon sings about women as strong and admirable. Can you think of any artists who treat women more as sex objects than companions? Check out Girls and Body Image Tips for tips on countering the affects of such media.