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

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

Positive Messages

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


The only violence is to the listener's ears.


Explicit and leering appreciation of women's body parts.


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


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
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!
Adult Written bycommon_sense_user_12 April 9, 2008

What a waste of time, money, and energy...

This CD is not only sexist, stupid, and vulgar, but it is also hard to listen to without feeling like you're going to lose your hearing any second. I don... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous October 18, 2020

It's so bad that it's hilarious.

This album is like "The Room" of hip-hop. The lyrics made me laugh because of how dumb they are. Examples: "It's going down like a fresh pai... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byWil Adams June 14, 2012


This album is CRAP.

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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