Idlewild Soundtrack

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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More weird than good; like the film, not for kids.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of references to getting high.

What 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.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 4-year-old Written byrodgibson February 5, 2009
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018
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.... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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

  • Artist: Outkast
  • Release date: August 22, 2006
  • Label: La Face
  • Genre: Soundtrack
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: June 20, 2019

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