Lost and Found

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Life lessons from a self-described nice guy.

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What parents need to know

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.

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.

Parents say

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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?

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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.

Families can talk about...

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

Music details

Artist:Will Smith
Release date:March 29, 2005
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 9, 10, and 11 year old Written bymusikfanatic September 13, 2010
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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.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byChariot April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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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 go over teens heads. I admit the album has some very tunes but I don't think it's appropriate to listen to.
Teen, 15 years old Written bybabygirl41512 April 9, 2008
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love it

that music is really fun and good to dance

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