Street's Disciple

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Too much, in more ways than one!

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

"N" word is used repeatedly; also very sexist.

Violence

Loaded with violent images.

Sex

Explicit!

Language

No holds barred.

Consumerism

Some brand names.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drug and drinking references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that strong imagery, evocative and visual, with lots of explicit sex, make this a CD that is definitely not for everyone (and definitely not for kids).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGhostoftherobot April 9, 2008

this reviewer is an idiot

Okay Karen Nas is a legend get that through your head. Second of all you reviewed a Death Cab for Cutie album before this and for some strange reason you rated... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bybups April 9, 2008

Disapointment

As soon as i bought Street's Disciple and popped it in i was disapointed. I had expected more from *nasty* nas. There were some stand-out songs in my opini... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 15, 2018

What's the story?

Monotonous rhythm tracks detract from the powerful imagery of the lyrics on Nas' STREET DISCIPLE, and the double CD includes many songs that feel like filler, begging the question: Why not release a single CD, with only the best of the artist's new songs instead of this bloated double-barreled blast? But the length of this incredibly tedious album is not its only problem. The songs boast some very poetic and visual imagery, but are performed in a jaded monotone that negates their visceral power. Lyrics often seem calculated to shock for the heck of it, rather than to make any kind of a real point. Sexual images (and there are a lot of them) are very specific, graphic, and somehow nasty.

Is it any good?

There's some good, substantial writing here, as well as some gem-like cameo performances and even quite a bit of substantive social commentary, if you can get past all the tedious posturing. The real question is, why bother?

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether it seems that some of today's artists are in the business of providing shock value rather than honest peformances (or is the shocking material a result of the honesty?).

Music details

  • Artist: Nas
  • Release date: November 29, 2004
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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