Speakerboxx / The Love Below (double album)

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Some good material, but not enough for double CD.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

There are some confusing images of relationships.

Violence

A few violent references--nothing really awful.

Sex

Even the edited version is very explicit.

Language

It's very clear what's been edited out, of course, and there's an adorable toddler trying to pronounce "***erf***er--you get the idea.

Consumerism

This is anti-commercial, if anything.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of references, but sex is the whole deal on this CD.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD is mostly about sex, and even the edited version is obvious and explicit. Though musically imaginative -- perhaps even groundbreaking -- it isn't a great album.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygrizmaster1981 February 12, 2012

Maybe you guys aren't that much into rap

I must take it you're not into rap that much since you down rated a lot of rap sure K-Fed and Soulja Boy are probably corny or stupid but this album was al... Continue reading
Adult Written byjimbo13 April 9, 2008

For teens or older

This is a great but it does have some explict content.
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan July 5, 2018
I only listened to 2 songs. This is what I can tell you. Hey Ya!: really cool song, but with a bad message about having sex with a stranger. But there's no... Continue reading

What's the story?

There's a lot to like on SPEAKERBOXX/THE LOVE BELOW, but not quite enough for a high-profile double CD. There's no cohesive link; the double CD really does sound like two separate albums that happened to be packaged together. The CD offers alternative family values galore: The singer's baby-mama leaves him. A toddler who can barely talk tries to say the \"M-F\" word, to his dad's great delight. There's lost love, found love, drunk love, and careless love, all poetically recounted in more graphic detail than we may really need. There are also some very creative (some might say visionary) musical moments and clever rhymes.

Is it any good?

Although this CD contains some wonderful lyrics, terrific guest vocals, and excellent rhythm tracks, they are all marred by careless production and apparently hodgepodge sequencing. Andre and Big Boi deserve a lot of credit for daring to be musically different. But they often sacrifice artistry for weirdness, and one gets the feeling that they're throwing a lot of stuff at the wall, wondering what will stick.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether CDs that deliver daring lyrics and a daring production style tend to be entertaining or annoying.

Music details

  • Artist: Outkast
  • Release date: September 23, 2003
  • Label: La Face
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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