R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece Music Poster Image
Interesting, but not for anyone younger than 17.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Some interesting social commentary; also some genuine misogyny; also some fun, adoring love stuff.

Violence

Lots of violence, including violence against women.

Sex

Very explicit sexuality.

Language

Very strong.

Consumerism

Some.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several obvious drug references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD isn't appropriate for kids. There are some very interesting songs here, but you'll have to wade through a lot of four-letter words to appreciate them.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byclarence August 5, 2015
Kid, 12 years old June 30, 2010
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018

What's the story?

It's hard to completely resist any songwriter who comes up such whimsical rhymes as \"Everything is beautiful/Right down to ya cuticles\" (on \"Perfect\"). Too interesting and well-done to simply write off for adults, this is still an album filled with all those words and concepts you don't want your kids repeating at Grandma's house.

Is it any good?

From a strictly musical point of view, R&G is an intriguing and well-constructed album by one of rap's revered elder statesmen. But in order to appreciate the cleverness, terrific rhythm tracks, and occasional social commentary, you'll have to wade through a forest of four-letter words, gunshot sound effects, drug references, and sexism -- as well as some surprisingly well-delivered gospel and R&B-influenced tunes. There is an edited version, and it's done better than most, but so many words are omitted that it's almost impossible to grasp the narrative thread on many of the edited tunes.

Snoop's voice, still in good form, seems to ride over the well-constructed beats rather than become a part of them. Cameos by Nelly and Daz, and production by the Neptunes, add polish. A spectacular gospel-tinged beginning kicks off 18 tracks that pay homage to a variety of R&B influences, all executed beautifully.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Snoop Dogg's success. Ask your older teens why they think Snoop has remained popular for so long.

Music details

  • Artist: Snoop Dogg
  • Release date: November 16, 2004
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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