A solid CD, but absolutely not for kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Twista takes no prisoners.


Excessive violence.


Sexual references are frequent and explicit.


Very strong language, which is obvious even on the edited version.


A few brand names and a contest promotion are included in the lyrics and on the package.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Many drug references.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even the edited version of this CD is explicit in just about every way. The edits somehow seem to intensify, rather than soften, the effect. You don't want your kids singing these songs at Grandma's house.

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What's the story?

With song titles like \"Kill Us All\" and \"Pimp On,\" this very explicit and intense CD is not for everyone. Yet there are some seriously beautiful and majestic moments on KAMIKAZE, Twista's first solo album in about a decade. Since 1997's \"Adrenaline Rush,\" Twista has kept his fans interested by appearing on other artists' CDs, such as Ludacris' \"Word of Mouth.\" On Kamikaze, in fact, Twista rivals his pal Ludacris for \"King of the Potty-Mouths,\" only without Ludacris' signature sense of humor, and even the edited CD is offensive from beginning to end. The clumsy edits only serve to point out the words that are missing, and the artist's sexism remains intact.

Is it any good?


It's too bad that parents won't feel comfortable playing this CD for young aspiring rappers, because from a purely musical point of view, it's excellent. The Chicago native's songwriting reveals unexpected depth, his unique style of speed-rapping is aerobically impressive, and his singing is sweetly soulful. Long-awaited and delayed for over two years, this CD is an intelligent, beautifully produced musical offering with vocal performances that are among the best in the genre.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what is so appealing about Twista. Is he more talented than other rappers? Or is his image the reason for his appeal? Do the explicit lyrics add anything, or would the album be just as good without?

Music details

Release date:January 27, 2004
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Adult Written byzaydogg April 9, 2008

pretty good cd...

pretty good cd if you dont mind the language. the f-word isnt used AS much as the s-word but they are both used quite frequently.
Kid, 12 years old April 27, 2014

Twista is amazing!

Great songs in this great album. They all have a great beat and a great singing all by Twista. There is some swearing but it's just a part of the songs. What's amazing about Twista is his fast rapping and his style of rap music. He's been rapping since he was about 15 and he just just amazing!
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Too much consumerism
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