Split Personality

Common Sense Media says

Cliched bad-boy lyrics and explicitness.

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NOT FOR KIDS

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

acist words, sexist sentiment -- it's all so over-the-top that it almost sounds like a parody.

Violence

Enough violence to notice.

Sex

Lots of explicit sex.

Language

Lots of explicit language.

Consumerism

Nothing obvious.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Plenty.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that macho posturing, offensive language, racism, sexism -- it's all here in such self-referential abundance that the CD comes off sounding more like a Saturday Night Live parody than a serious musical effort. Let's hope that Cassidy doesn't really take himself this seriously.

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What's the story?

Cassidy is way over the top on SPLIT PERSONALITY, exploiting every offensive word and stylistic cliché in the genre. Catchy hooks and clever lyrics keep the CD from careening into truly awful. There's a delicious rhyme or two and a little socio-political consciousness. There's also a whole lot of explicit sex, macho posturing, sexism, racism, gun play, intoxication, and that now-overdone spoken-word dad/kid moment. This must have all been pretty exciting, even groundbreaking, a few years ago, but Split Personality ends up sounding more like a genre self-parody than anything else. Nearly every song seems a clich&eacute, from beginning to end.

Is it any good?

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The performances are good, the arrangements creative and interesting, and the artist relentlessly self-absorbed and self-referential. Somehow, it all ends up feeling a little ridiculous after a while.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why they think Cassidy (and other rappers) feels he needs to express himself this way.

Music details

Artist:Cassidy
Release date:March 16, 2004
Label:J Records
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byb.c April 9, 2008
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When I heard this album I felt like throwing a party

I thought his whole album was cool and I felt like partying to some of his songs. And he featured some singers that made the album better like R.Kelly.
Adult Written bywarner763 April 9, 2008
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