Notorious Movie Soundtrack

 
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Biggie biopic offers old X-rated hits.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Glamorizes a life of booze, sex, drugs, guns, money, and general bad-boy behavior: "I was a terror since the public school era / Bathroom passes, cuttin classes, squeezing asses."

Violence

One example among many: "Asked me if I had my piece / Sure do, two .22s in my shoes."

Sex

Super explicit descriptions of sexual situations. A tamer example: "Girls walk to us, wanna do us, screw us."

Language

Every swear word in the book.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Marijuana, cocaine, gin, rum, cigarettes: It's all there, as in the lyrics: "High off weed and lots of gin / So much smoke need oxygen / Steadily countin' them Benjamins."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this CD is not meant for kids. The graphic references to violence and sex are too numerous to mention, and the artists seem to use adult language more often than ordinary words. With no edited soundtrack available, kids can't opt for a clean version, either.

What's the story?

Nearly 12 years after his murder, legendary rapper Notorious B.I.G. comes to life again in the film Notorious. The movie soundtrack consists mostly of "Biggie's" old hits; in other words, it's jam-packed with sex, violence, and adult language. The final three tracks -- new releases from his original demo tapes -- demonstrate the gritty streak that characterizes all of his major studio recordings. The CD also features appearances by other rappers like Jay-Z, Lil' Kim, and Jadakiss, who are raunchy in their own right.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There's a reason Notorious B.I.G. remains one of the most famous names in rap: He's awesome. He manages to make his deep baritone sound alternately serious and whimsical when it suits him, and he delivers his rhymes with well-timed flow. Biggie's verses are enhanced by infectious beats and samples (like Duran Duran's single "Notorious") that are almost, as the title of one track suggests, hypnotic. It's the meaning behind those verses that puts this CD way out of kids' league.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what leads kids like Notorious B.I.G. to become hardcore rappers as adults. Why are some kids who grow up in poverty-stricken homes drawn to violence, while others aren't? Why do some adults believe in respecting their romantic partners, and others don't?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:January 13, 2009
Label:Atlantic
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:No

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Parent Written byglendale March 1, 2011
 
Teen, 13 years old Written byVictorfilth818 June 26, 2010
 
I love biggie and besides kids cuss at school all the time some even do drugs The whole sexual stuff kids already know about it I learnd it in 2nd grade cause all that would be talked about it commonly Violence is common because of video games If you listen to it with parents than your cause I always do
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Great messages
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Teen, 14 years old Written bybpowerslol December 30, 2010
 
It depend on your child !
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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