Idlewild Soundtrack



More weird than good; like the film, not for kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

All over the map: sexually predatory on some tracks, family-man sweetness on others.


Some violent imagery in the lyrics.


Sexual innuendo; some explicit language.


Some four-letter words that will be offensive to many parents.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple of references to getting high.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is some strong language (four-letter words) on this CD. The lyrics also include a couple references to sexually predatory behavior and getting high.

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What's the story?

OutKast's IDLEWILD is more a companion CD than a soundtrack of the 2006 film Idlewild. It incorporates gospel, swing, blues, soul, and acid rock. There's even a 1930s-style ragtime on "When I Look in Your Eyes," a theatrical and whimsical delight. An all-star roster turns up to lend their talents, including Khujo Goodie, Killer Mike, Li'l Wayne, Macy Gray, and Snoop Dogg.

Is it any good?


Idlewild starts out with references to Laurence Olivier and Cab Calloway -- your first clue that this is no ordinary hip-hop album. While Andre and Big Boi are strong on originality and musical risk-taking, they can be weak on sequencing and consistency. Idlewild often careens wildly from one extreme sound or theme to another, and a lot of the musical experimentation doesn't really work.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the concept of something (or someone) being weird for its own sake. Have you ever done anything bizarre or unconventional just to be different? What reaction did you get? What are other ways to be heard and stand out?

Music details

Release date:August 22, 2006
Label:La Face
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Parent of a 4 year old Written byrodgibson February 5, 2009

good one

great one
Teen, 16 years old Written byfatcatmikez April 9, 2008

Not As Bad As Previous Outkast Releases

This CD could be handled by a teenager. It's not quite as bad as their previous releases. There is profanity, but not that much compared to other rap CDs. There is also sex, but not near as much as other rap CDs. I was surprised by the small amount of that in this CD. There is violent imagry, but who really cares about that? It's ok, but Speakerboxxx / The Love Below is better.


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