Rebelution

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Explicit lyrics give Latin-flavored rap CD a strong bite.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Things starts off positive with messages about not surrendering and reaching "for the sky" with Pitbull rapping "ain't nothing can hold me down." But then Pitbull switches gears to get raunchy with women, diss his enemies, and discuss drug dealing.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Between trying to talk women into sex and celebrating the "thug life," Pitbull glamorizes the life of a drug dealer on "Dope Ball."

Violence
Sex

On one song Pitbull sings about coercing a woman into sex: "She said no but I know it’s on tonight...Your mind says no, but your body says yes." But then a few tracks later Pitbull laments the exploitation of women: "The ones that have been raped or grew up fatherless,
but still found a way to raise their kids, to do the right thing, this for y'all, I love y'all." Other songs include sexual references, like comparing a woman's body to a "juice box" and Pitbull calling himself a plumber who can take care of a woman's "pipes."

Language

Although not every song has strong language, the ones that do go to extremes, repeating over and over again phrases like "you're so full of s--t" and "motherf---r" There is also a smattering of "bitch" and "ho," and the "N" word. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Dope Ball" compares drug dealing to basketball. "Sample the blow, we call them free throws...the whole point is to stay on the courts, but in this game the whole point is to stay outta court."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know there are very few tracks on this album that don't contain sexual references or swearing. The most popular single off of this album, "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" is probably the tamest song on the CD. The album contains little violence.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written byjsharpe October 24, 2009
Parent of a 9 year old Written bywillowfaierie September 10, 2009

Good for all ages

all the songs are clean theyre nice
Teen, 16 years old Written byyomamamovies October 31, 2010

Serious stuff

Pitbull is so shallow. It's all about sex and clubs. But I love it! It's not meant to be taken too seriously, and if you don't, it's fun! Bu... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySanjay407 November 10, 2011

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Best Over Age 17

What's the story?

Cuban-American rapper Pitbull's fourth studio album, REBELUTION combines the musical flavor of Miami with rap and hip-hop in a dozen-plus tracks of high-energy tunes. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)," Pitbull's most successful single to date appears on the album, along with guest artists such as Akon, Lil' Jon and Slim of 112, among others. The main focus of the tracks focus on supplying inspirational tidbits about not giving up along with ways to seduce women and hustle in the big city.

Is it any good?

Pitbull lets the lyrics fly on this spirited album that is a refreshing departure from a lot of hip-hop's electronic trappings. Full of Latin spirit and colorful lyrics, Pitbull balances fast-paced rapping and macho shout-outs with slower paced harmonic melodies. His raps never get  monotonous and on tracks like "Triumph" and "Shut It Down" he seamlessly incorporates hooks, harmonies, and samples with ear-pleasing effects. Beware  of this dog's bark though, it's got some bite. On numerous tracks Pitbull lives up to his canine stage-name with his brand of sexist seduction ("Mami got an a-- like a donkey") and lots of f-bombs.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to decode explicit lyrics. Sometimes euphemistic lyrics are obvious but other times racy or mature metaphors are harder to recognize.

  • What do you think of a rapper like Pitbull whose lyrics seem to stereotype women as either sexual objects or angelic single mothers?

Music details

  • Artist: Pitbull
  • Release date: August 31, 2009
  • Label: J Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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