Make Believers

Common Sense Media says

Eclectic music with sweet lyrics and great messages.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The music on this album is an education in itself, featuring sounds that range from new soul to hip-hop and rock to Jamaican ska. Kids will enjoy learning a little Spanish on "Hot Sauce" and singing the story of "Jack and the Beanstalk."

Positive messages

Fantastic messages from beginning to end about being yourself, using your mind and imagination, and never giving up on your dreams. "Gotta Be You" says "your best friend gotta be you," and teaches kids not to let mean people bother them. "If they don't like the clothes you wear, say I don't care!"

 

Positive role models

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo gives kids a voice through music that can help them understand their feelings of being afraid and being left out, but more importantly, how to deal with those feelings.

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Language

Of course there's nothing bad, but there are lyrics that say, "Is it still called skinny-dipping if you're fat?" It's all in fun, about curiosity and asking thousands of questions in childhood.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that if you're looking for something different for your kiddos to listen to and also want to teach them some valuable lessons about life and sticking up for themselves, then Make Believers is your album. The music and lyrics are engaging, with good messages from beginning to end.

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What's the story?

North Carolina-based indie rocker Secret Agent 23 Skidoo gives kids a reason to sing, shout, and be proud of themselves and their dreams on his third studio album, MAKE BELIEVERS. The 11 tracks range from hip-hop to soul and Caribbean flair with great messages for all ages.

Is it any good?

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Make Believers is a lyrical and musical treat from the moment the first track begins, with the added bonus of really great messages for your kiddos. Most of the music has a fun, new soul, hip-hop feel, but some of the songs could hail from the Caribbean, too. 23 Skidoo poignantly sings and raps about common childhood challenges and triumphs -- like making good friends, being honest, chasing your dreams, and even nightmares. "Nightmares Disappear" is a fantastically sweet R&B-flavored track that depicts the "most beautiful sight" -- Mom and Dad's bed -- when a scary nightmare about a "falling bike without a kickstand" or a "lion chasing a deer" overwhelms a child and his/her good night's sleep. Each song has positive, inspiring messages without being preachy, and the eclectic music and colorful lyrics make it fun for kids and parents to share together.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to deal with a bully or someone who is mean to you or makes you feel bad about yourself. What are some tools you can use to protect and defend yourself without resorting to reciprocal bad behavior? What are some things you can do and say to a bully?

  • What are things you do that make you feel good? What are things that make you sad? Can you find a common thread among the things that make you feel one way or another?

  • How would you describe the music here? What is your favorite song, and why?

Music details

Artist:Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Release date:May 22, 2012
Type:Album
Label:Underground Playground
Genre:Children's Music
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Great boy role models, Great girl role models
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 20 year old Written byBethinPDX May 30, 2012
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Smart music, inspiring lyrics for kids too young for hip hop

Skidoo is the best artist making hip hop for kids. "Gotta Be You" is a great follow-up to his hit song "Gotta Be Me" from a few years back.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 16, 2012
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make believers

Families can talk about how to deal with a bully or someone who is mean to you or makes you feel bad about yourself. What are some tools you can use to protect and defend yourself without resorting to reciprocal bad behavior? What are some things you can do and say to a bully? What are things you do that make you feel good? What are things that make you sad? Can you find a common thread among the things that make you feel one way or another? How would you describe the music here? What is your favorite song, and why?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

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