It's Already Written

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Refreshing hip-hop shows respect for women.

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Positive Messages

Houston isn't afraid to reveal his romantic side.

Violence

None.

Sex

Some innuendo, sweetly romantic.

Language

Nothing offensive.

Consumerism

Nothing obvious.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing obvious.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that former rapper Houston is refreshingly sentimental on this CD, creating a rare aura of caring and respect in which the artist actually appears to like women. Might be worth pointing out to your daughters (and sons!).

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What's the story?

The debut CD of Houston, ALREADY WRITTEN, is an accomplished collection that explores a variety of musical styles as well as emotional terrain. Most notable is the fact that, unlike many of his contemporaries, Houston seems to genuinely like and respect women. His lyrics are unflinchingly romantic, while exploring some unconventional themes. \"Let Me Love You Down,\" a remake of Ready for the World's classic, earnestly addresses his attraction to a much older woman. \"Twizala\" is a shopping list of all the qualities the singer hopes to find in his dream woman. In less skillful hands (and vocal chords) this song could sound dumb, but here it doesn't, coming off instead as a touching \"if only\" love song. \"I Like That\" features stellar cameos by Nate Dogg, Chingy, and Disturbing Tha Peace's I-20.

Is it any good?

Houston is often compared to Usher, an artist who also isn't afraid to dig deep into risky emotional territory. Though there may be good reason for the comparison, Houston is more than just an Usher clone. There's a lot of worthwhile, interesting, and well-produced music on this CD, performed by a talented young singer and songwriter.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference in Houston's attitude toward women versus that of many rappers and rockers. And yet he's successful -- be sure your kids appreciate that respect can be cool.

Music details

  • Artist: Houston
  • Release date: August 10, 2004
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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