Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
Konvicted Music Poster Image
Popular R&B singer is explicit in every way.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 18 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

A mixed bag, including sexist and racist language as well as some very good, strong messages about social justice. Also talks about leaving the gangsta life: "I can't believe I'm out here killin' my community / If you knew how far I came / From where I am and where I used to be / Don't want it / You can tell by the look of me / This gangsta life ain't no longer in me."


Several songs (such as "Gangsta Bop") reference guns (with gun shot sound affects), running from the cops, dead friends.


As explicit as you can get: "...bend you over look back and watch me. / Smack that all on the floor / Smack that give me some more / Smack that 'till you get sore."


A lot of strong language: p--sy, f--k, "N" word.


Mentions brand name for luxury cars (Murcielago, Gallardo, Ferrari) and TaeBo.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Some innuendo about street drugs on a couple of songs ("If you selling we ain't buying / If you got it on ya block / You best believe we supplyin' ").

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Akon doesn't shy away from referencing guns and graphic sex in his lyrics, or including swear words and the "N" word. He also brings depth, soul, and some wonderful guests to these African-influenced tracks.

User Reviews

Adult Written bymomoteen13 April 9, 2008

Auditory Pornography

I am appalled that my daughter was allowed to buy this CD. When I read the lyrics to some of the songs I was embarassed. This CD is basically pornography on a... Continue reading
Adult Written byRobo yankee April 9, 2008
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

It's Iffy But It's Worth LIstening To

Parents, with this CD there is some iffy content, but if you feel the need just talk to your kids because if they want it there is absolutley no reason why they... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byJAngo February 15, 2010

Really not for kids at all

They say the f word like every two seconts in the cd. its really bad im sorry but this would be for no kids at all please parents be carfull.

What's the story?

Akon's new CD, KONVICTED, is a mish-mosh of musical styles, explicit lyrics, and visceral images that combine to create a sensual, deep look inside the heart and mind of this compelling African-born artist. Lyrics are intentionally provocative; when what you really mean is \"Your p--sy is wet and I want to f--k you\" (\"I Wanna Love You\"), why not just come right out and say it? And hey, if it's no secret that you were once in jail for car theft, that mug shot will make a great photo image for your CD insert. Then just as your fans are getting into the tough-guy/sexy-guy dichotomy thing, you throw 'em for a loop with a lost-love ballad (\"Never Took the Time\").

Is it any good?

Some stellar cameo appearances by Styles P., Eminem, and Snoop Dogg, and a couple of jazzy arrangements that might well be Steely Dan influenced contribute to this lively, eclectic, and impressive collection of well-crafted songs, half of which will make most parents cringe. It seems too simplistic to label Konvicted inappropriate for kids because there's a lot of substance, a wonderful variety of musical styles, terrific performances, and some real depth here. For this reason, the edited version (though not brilliantly done) might be worth the trouble.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that some of Akon's songs seem to celebrate guns and violence. There are some vivid images in lyrics such as "Cause I done see the block / break down tears / and I done seen the cops / break my peers / trying to hold on / a couple more years / trying not to get / blown away." Can you think of better ways to solve problems than with violence? How are the police effective? How are they not?

Music details

  • Artist: Akon
  • Release date: November 14, 2006
  • Label: Umvd
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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