Playing With Fire

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Ex-Mr. Britney Spears' debut is sexist and stupid.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Kevin isn't volunteering at the homeless shelter, last we heard.

Violence

The only violence is to the listener's ears.

Sex

Explicit and leering appreciation of women's body parts.

Language

Very strong language, using every four-letter word you've ever heard.

Consumerism

Many brand names mentioned -- clothing, cars, and especially adult beverages.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drugs and drinking are glorified and celebrated.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kevin Federline's music is filled with references to drinking, drug use, brand names, and explicit/sexist sexuality -- not to mention awful songwriting and lackluster singing.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytlilly April 9, 2008

it sucked

This man is a huge a*shole. He is sexist, vulgar, downright mean, and sings about as well as a walrus with strep throat
Parent of a 10 year old Written bywillowfaierie February 1, 2010

No kids

Ok. Ok. Compared to Eminem, Eminem would be so tame, Kevin could blow Em out of the water. This is more uncensored than anything! NO KIDS!
Teen, 14 years old Written byWil Adams June 14, 2012

CRAP

This album is CRAP.
Kid, 11 years old November 7, 2011

It is worse than Friday.

This takes no talent at all. Nuff said.

What's the story?

Kevin Federline -- Britney Spears' former backup dancer/husband has nothing to offer us but lackluster lyrics that celebrate drugs, drinking, sexist behavior, and his own fabulousness. PLAYING WITH FIRE is an awful CD filled with in-your-face rants devoid of any wit or charm. K-Fed seems proud of the fact that he loves to get high, think about women as objects put into the world to please him, and write really bad songs about his rich yet limited life.

Is it any good?

The real problem on Playing With Fire goes beyond the message to songwriting and performance. Lyrics from the title song ("I keep the marijuana right where the sluts be, right where my nuts be ... the media treats me unjustly") are typical of the degree of depth (i.e. shallowness), poetry, and soul achieved here. Content is filled with just about every four-letter word there is. Brand names (mostly clothing and alcoholic beverages) abound.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how K-Fed's marriage to (and break up with) Britney Spears might have affected his career; that is, if anyone feels like talking about him at all. Do you think he would have been able to make an album if their relationship hadn't raised his profile?

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