Now That's What I Call Music! 13

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Cynthea Riesenberg, Common Sense Media
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Positive Messages

In ?Hell Yeah,? Ginuwine ?loves them? cars, chicks, parties, champagne, ?ice,? houses, and ?to shoot that dice.? In ?I Can,? Nas lectures 10-year-old girls not to go clubbing with fake ids, and talks about an actress whose cocaine habit ruined her life.


A couple of tracks mention the word ?guns,? but there are no images of bloodshed. (Note, however, that sensitive children may find ?I Can??s description of a cocaine addict more disturbing than references to physical violence.)


In ?Rock Your Body,? Justin Timberlake sings, ?So go ahead, girl, just do/ That ass shaking thing you do/ ? Better have you naked by the end of this song.? Ginuwine?s ?Hell Yeah? is more explicit, with references to one-night stands and oral sex..


Four-letter words have been edited out, but many tracks contain images that are disturbing, like girls throwing up in bars (?Pump It Up?), and warnings about minor children out clubbing and fighting off sexual assault (?I Can?).


Cars feature mightily in B2K?s ?Girlfriend,? including the Bentley, the Jeep, the Benz, and the limo. Ginuwine?s ?Hell Yeah? refers to minks, guns, and labels from Prada to Nike.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In ?Excuse Me Miss,? Jay-Z drags deep on a ?J? and pours Cristal champagne. ?Pump It Up? describes a girl ?stylin? at the bar? who starts throwing up.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that as this series has grown up, so has its contents. This is definitely a wannabe CD for kids who want to listen to what the big kids do.

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What's the story?

To those who thought NOW! 12's emphasis on rap and hip-hop squeezed out good rock, this collection should come as a pleasant surprise.

Is it any good?

Yes, there is plenty of rap, such as edited versions of club hits like Joe Budden's "Pump It Up." But the album ranges more widely than its most recent predecessors, including mellow pop like "Feel," Robbie Williams' sensitive ballad, and Daniel Bedingfield's popular "If You're Not The One." Rock choices also run the gamut, from the folky "Big Yellow Taxi" and the upbeat "Girl All The Bad Guys Want," to edgier tracks like "The Hell Song" and "Send The Pain Below." There's also "Stuck" from Stacie Orrico, who has origins in Christian rock.

This "something-for-everyone" philosophy may cause some listeners to press the skip button more than they'd like. But as a sampler of recent hits, the album is eminently playable.

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  • Families can talk about the diversity of the material. Do you find yourself skipping a lot of tracks, or are you stretching your musical boundaries?

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