Real Talk

Common Sense Media says

A little Fabolous goes a long way.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

If "boring" is a bad role model...

Violence

Some violent images.

Sex

Some sexual innuendo.

Language

"Edited" in a way that's making it clear as a bell.

Consumerism

A few brand names mentioned.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some drug references, too.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the inappropriate language in these songs is edited in a way that leaves no doubt in anyone's mind which words have been left out, so what's the point? You could probably play "guess the word" with your 9-year-old.

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What's the story?

Fabolous is given a lot of credit for his writing, and there are flashes of brilliance in the lyrics on REAL TALK -- along with occasional instances of creative production. But for the most part, this is a stunningly tedious album. Fabolous does one beat well, and he does it over and over and over again.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There are no "edited" or "explicit" versions sold; instead, the CD is edited in such an obvious way that there is no doubt which words are being omitted. The best moments are the most unguarded and emotional. "Can You Hear Me," a refreshing change of pace, is a cautionary tale about drug use with a haunting background track. But intriguing moments are few and far between.

Some soulful tracks and guest cameos try hard to help, but don't do nearly enough. There's not enough substance here to make it worth the trouble. The only reason to buy this album would be to put it on the next time your kids tell you that your music is boring.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the obvious use of foul language. Ask your kids if they can think of more subtle ways to get a point across.

Music details

Artist:Fabolous
Release date:November 9, 2004
Label:Elektra
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:No

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