Monkey Business

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Less original, way more explicit than last CD.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

It's more like an absence of the wonderful messages on ELEPHUNK

Violence

Some violent images.

Sex

Explicit sexuality and teasy innuendo.

Language

Some graphic language.

Consumerism

"Gone Going" is a little morality tale about the emptiness of acquiring expensive things; other songs celebrate same...

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Several drug and alcohol references

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that on this CD the Black Eyed Peas have dumped their inclusive and anti-war agenda in favor of explicitly sexual lyrics and references to violence, drugs, and alcohol.

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What's the story?

One of the most charming qualities of the Black Eyed Peas' last album, Elephunk, was its joyfully simplistic message of inclusiveness and world peace. With musical freshness and originality, the whole album seemed to shout out, \"Hey, look at us! We can be political AND have a party!\" If you were hoping for more of the same on MONKEY BUSINESS, you're likely to be disappointed. The music still sparkles, the performances are terrific, the cameos (James Brown, Sting, and Justin Timberlake) are inspired, but forget all that gooey peace-and-love stuff. The party has moved on to sex, drugs, and even some violence. Even in a genre where musical sampling is de rigueur, Monkey Business is notable for its lack of originality.

Is it any good?

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If your family's comfort level includes tolerance of explicit lyrics, you might make a game of identifying the all-too-obvious musical influences on each song. You won't find a track on the CD where they're not pretty obvious, so it'll be easy and fun. There are some high points, of course. All of the performances are spectacular; the bubbling "Pump It" pays delightful tribute to surf guitar king Dick Dale's "Miserlou"; and how can you ever go wrong with James Brown? It's party fun, but nothing more.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why some artists feel the need to change their image, especially from good to bad. Does the music make more of an impact with explicit lyrics or themes?

Music details

Artist:The Black Eyed Peas
Release date:June 21, 2005
Label:A&M Records
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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"Let's use our singing skills to talk about iffy things!"

Here is a review of a couple individual songs: My Humps: Just from the title, you should realize the explict-ness of this song. Lyrics include: "I'm gonna make you work", "What'cha gonna do with that junk in your trunk", and obviously more explict stuff. "Lovely lady lumps" isn't the best thing for a 9-year-old. Don't Phunk With my Heart: "Phunk" is obviously used as a form of "f*ck". Lyrics include but are not limited to "I love you more than s*x appeal". Pump It: I didn't hear any explict material in this song. However, the tunes here are kind of catchy, so if lyrics are unaccounted for in your family, this should be just fine for you and your family.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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