Lost and Found

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Life lessons from a self-described nice guy.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The artist makes a point of being squeaky-clean.

Violence

Will "uses his words" instead of his fists.

Sex

Sexual innuendo is so mild and clever that it will go over most kids' heads.

Language

Nothing offensive.

Consumerism

The VW Jetta is inexplicably mentioned more than once.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing obvious.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Will Smith brags, "I never write verses with curses" -- and he brags about a lot of other stuff too.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChariot April 9, 2008

I don't think so...

As a teenager I know how other teens think and it's easy to see what they might get from listening to this album. None of Smith's sexual lyrics will g... Continue reading
Parent of a 9, 10, and 11 year old Written bymusikfanatic September 13, 2010

Good Music with a Positive Message

Will Smith is a great role model both as a family man and as an artist. There is no cursing and I can let my kids listen without worrying about the content.
Teen, 15 years old Written bybabygirl41512 April 9, 2008

love it

that music is really fun and good to dance
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008

What's the story?

LOST AND FOUND is Will Smith's ninth CD, and the strongest in quite a while. There are some universal themes and well-told, along with some all-star assists from the likes of Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Treezah, Robin Thicke, and Nicole Scherzinger.

Is it any good?

With the sharp wit we remember from songs like "Parents Just Don't Understand," he takes on the perceived injustices of his personal world with an irresistible combination of a rapper's standard-issue self-importance and self-deprecating humor. The only problem is that his world is very different from ours. Most of us don't have to deal with celebrity stalkers ("Loretta"), harder-core rappers accusing us of being too "nice" or selling out ("Mr. Niceguy"), or a rock star's professional jealousy ("I Wish I Made That").

Smith has been honing his comic-rhyming timing, and seems to gleefully embrace this opportunity to settle a few scores. Musical treats include lovely symphonic strings on the title song, and exquisite production -- and playing -- throughout. Though he sometimes hits us over the head with his message, the message itself seems sincere, a look inside the heart and mind of a charming, witty pro who is also a genuinely nice guy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the power of using words, as opposed to fists, to get a point across.

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