Popular R&B singer is explicit in every way.

What parents need to know

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' ").

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.

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.

Families can talk 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

Release date:November 14, 2006
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Written byAnonymous January 26, 2013

It's Both 10/10 for Both Sex & Violence and there both not for kids.

I listened to the whole edited version. The Edited Version Cuts down the sex in one song. 1. Shake Down - Sex 6/10, Violence 4/10, Language 7/10 2. Blown Away - Violence 10/10, Language 7/10 3. Smack That - Sex 8/10 4. I Want to Love You - Sex 10/10 (X Rated Sex Here.) 5. The Rain - Language 5/10 6. Never Took the time - None 7. Mama Africa - Sex 1/10 8. I Can't Wait - None 9. Gangsta Bop - Violence 10/10, Language 6/10 10. Tired of Running - None 11. Once in a While - None 12. Don't Matter - Sex 2/10 Total is for Sex 27/120, Violence 24/120. Sex 10/10, Violence 10/10
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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 other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
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 shouldn't have it. As long as you know your kid is mature enough to listen to this type of music I think it is okay.


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