Shock Value

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Sexy solo album by super producer.

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Positive Messages

"N" word is used repeatedly; sexism is a given.


Occasional violent lyrics: mention of guns and stuffing people in car trunks.


Some sexually explicit lyrics.


Very strong language: "muthaf--ker," "s--t," "f--k."


Car brands are mentioned; CD package contains an ad for another artist's CD.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

An occasional reference to drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this album contains explicitly sexual, violent, and scatological lyrics, and strong language, alongside strong poetry and vibrant musical arrangements. Paying surprising tribute to many genres including old spirituals and 1970s rock and roll, the album is always passionate, always fascinating – but also gleefully sexist.

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Adult Written byckdckd3 April 9, 2008
Adult Written byGoodReviews330 April 9, 2008

Good music for mature teens

Parents need to know that Timbaland is quite explicit. There is strong language and some sexy lyrics 'Bounce, like yo a*s has the hiccups'. But also s... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous October 18, 2020

Better than today's hip hop

This album is great. To this day, every song is still fresh. To me, at least.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

Not very good.

This cd was hyped so much for its hits Give it to Me and The Way I Are. I really like rap but this was bad. The songs were awful. The only good song was Apol... Continue reading

What's the story?

Using a virtual army of musical pals and his well-documented talents as a producer, Timothy Mosley (aka Timbaland) has delivered a sparkling, varied, and fascinating musical concoction that pays tribute to many musical forms and eras (as well as women's body parts). In between lyrics like \"Let me see them big titties…tell ya boyfriend he better mind his own business, 'fore he end up in the trunk of my Bentley\" (\"Bounce\"), there's some sly, evocative poetry. SHOCK VALUE opens with a musical/lyrical reference to the old spiritual, \"Sinnerman,\" cleverly woven into the opening track as \"Oh, Timbaland\" and then launches into a rich tapestry of sound and rhythm that never gets boring, wandering between lush and romantic to can't-keep-your-feet-from-dancing irresistible.

Is it any good?

Timbaland's vocals and lyrics are smooth and professional (if not G-rated), but his standout talent is -- not surprisingly -- the way guest artists and musicians are used. Stars like Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake, 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Elton John, and Keri Hilson are given moments to shine. Timbaland features his guests brilliantly and appropriately, the way only a veteran producer can.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Timbaland's apparent obsession with certain body parts. Why don't most women sing about guys bouncing around on the dance floor, for example? How can songs be sexy without being sexist?

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