Shock Value 2

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Less explicit than most hip-hop, but still has iffy lyrics.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

For the most part, the messages are positive and rarely malicious. Timbaland talks about being the victim of failing relationships and offers up advice like "money can't buy you love baby, and that's a fact," but there are some songs that promote women as sex objects, like "Carry Out."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Timbaland includes lyrics about earning success, and any misogynistic attitudes are tempered by the presence of strong female collaborators, like Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus.

Sex

"Carry Out" compares sex to fast food, objectifying women in the process and making references to foreplay and tasting: "Take my order, 'cause your body like a carry out."

Language

Many songs are clean, but "s--t," "bitch," and "ass" can be heard on a few tracks, while "Tomorrow in the Bottle" includes a solitary "motherf--ker."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Say Something" has something to say about "getting bitches tipsy," and while "Ease Off the Liquor" might promote abstaining from drinking, it still includes a mantra of "alkahol, alkahol, alkahol."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is one of those albums that's both good and bad. It's good because there's no violence to speak of, and nothing too sexually explicit. But it's also iffy for kids because of the sexual innuendo, a couple of harsh expletives, and a song about curbing drinking that repeats the word "alcohol" over and over again. For teens anxious to get their hands on the latest hip-hop sounds, this album is safer than other more explicit releases, but it's also not something to share with younger siblings.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written byjsharpe December 16, 2009
THE SONG SAY SOMETHING REPATS THE S-WORD AGAIN AND AGAIN
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan April 28, 2018
This is what I'll be talking about. If We Ever Meet Again: really cool song. Katy Perry fits in nicely. There are some suggestive lyrics, but nothing graph... Continue reading

What's the story?

Timbaland is best known for being the brains behind some of today's biggest hits, from Justin Timberlake's solo work to Madonna's Hard Candy. But he's also a performer in his own right, and SHOCK VALUE 2 marks his third album. On it, he continues his tradition of packing his productions with an A-list support team, and this time around is no different, with big names like Miley Cyrus, Daughtry, The Fray, and Katy Perry lending their talents to Tim.

Is it any good?

There's an old saying that you're judged by the company you keep, and Timbaland must be banking on that adage with a star-studded lineup that's guaranteed to make anyone look good. This is the producer/rapper's tradition. But it would be nice to see Timbaland take center stage and let his special guests follow in a supporting role, rather than be the starring attraction. There are only rare glimpses of the famed-producer on an album that seems to suffer from a manic-depressive disconnection that smashes hip-hop, pop, rock, and R&B together into one album. Individually, each song shows off Timbaland's versatility. After all, few artists could hold their own with a rock band one minute and a hardcore rapper the next. For the listener, though, it's hard to keep up with this hyper and inconsistent whirlwind of musical styles.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their house rules when it comes to music selection. If an album has a few bad words in it, is it okay to listen to in your house? Or are a few profanities just as bad as an album that's full of them?

  • Do you think one gender is treated more unfairly in music lyrics compared to the other? Is it men or women that are treated unfairly? How do these lyrics make you feel about others and yourself?

  • What do you think about Timbaland being a producer versus a musician? Do you think he can do both? What do you think about celebrities who branch out from music into acting for instance, or modeling into singing? Which areas would you like to explore?

Music details

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