Super Gangsta (Extraordinary Gentleman)

Common Sense Media says

Hardcore rap combines a little good with the bad.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

A gangster lifestyle is glamorized on many of the tracks, with lines about drug dealing, pimping, and shootings intermixed with illusions to the "good life" of designer clothes, cars, and women, but Styles P also has some powerful commentary on the ills of society.

Violence

Many violent images are described, although some are grounded in concrete social commentary: "All I Know is pain/All I seen is death/ice cold blood running all though my veins," "Think about the steel penetrating you….It's kind of hard not to go on a murder spree…all you smell is gun powder…Let 'em die slow," and "I'm old school/we can shoot it out."

Sex

"Damn look at her/nice face, nice waist/damn look at her/nice hips, nice lips."

Language

Every word you don't want your kids to say or hear is probably on the album.

Consumerism

A few mention of products.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Numerous references, especially promoting its use and selling it. "If you sell crack without authority you're p---y," "I wanna roll somethin' up so/I can just blow my mind," "If I don't blow Mary Jane, I'm going insane."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an album littered with profanity, violence, drug references, and racial expletives (including the "N" word). Additionally, the infamous "gangsta" lifestyle is glamorized on many of the tracks, with lines about drug dealing, pimping, and shootings intermixed with illusions to the "good life" of designer clothes, cars, and women. There are, however, some redeemable traits to this album, including subtle explorations of American society and culture (social injustice and racism) and clever lyrics.

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What's the story?

Although Styles P's latest album, SUPA GANGSTA (EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMAN) contains material that might not be appropriate for kids or even mature teens, the album does have some lyrical gusto. And as the title implies, there is a dichotomy to this piece -- an ambivalent struggle between right and wrong and the privileged and the poor. For example, \"Cause I'm Black\" is a verbal discourse on American society's ills, as it details racism, police brutality, and political dysfunction with clever rhymes that rise above mere filler between hooks (\"I'm trying to break free of the hole but five out of ten brothers gonna see a parole...Take one step forward and do the moonwalk back/gimme the peace prize like Al Gore/I gotta mind like Malcolm X\").

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This album is littered with profanity, violence, and glamorizes the gangsta lifestyle. Yet solid beats and samples with a powerful message sometimes -- just sometimes -- break out of the mold of conventional rap mantras of sex, money, and guns. Other tracks veer into more typical rap territory, with tracks such as "Holiday," a rap anthem to money and the trappings of wealth and ill-gotten gains. The charging beats and riffs however save this track from becoming a clichéd brag-a-thon.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why rappers feel the need to put out R-rated CDs. Do you think glamorizing drugs, violence, and the "gangsta lifestyle" will sell more albums? How much is real and how much is fictionalized? How does this urban mythology inspire and empower the underserved and how much does it exploit and stereotype? Also, Styles P tackles some tough topics on this album, like social injustice and racism. How do artists throughout history play a role in politics and social change?

Music details

Artist:Styles P
Release date:December 4, 2007
Label:Koch Records
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Adult Written byNico9000 March 29, 2009
AGE
13
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Reveiw for G-Ida's That's one real gangsta

As you can tell by the title it's about crime. S--t and ass are used a lot but no uses of the f-word. There are some drug references but used in anti-drug way. Also most songs such as Pop A Bottle reference getting drunk. Sex wise there are a few references. Violence is rather the whole point. Bring it on feat. Z.O.E is about a fight. Overall this is a ok album. Cleaner than most in the genre. If your kids want albums like massacare and souljaboy get this.
Adult Written byoopsup April 9, 2008
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I am a fan of Styles P...

I have all of his albums and mixtapes to date. Kids hear the language on most videos, so I would not trip. Plus, most of the lyrical violence is no worse than many of the actual violent video games. It's simply part 2 to his album "A Gangsta & a Gentleman". He's still killa on the mic!
Teen, 15 years old Written bydmannking April 9, 2008
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very good album

this album is very good if ur into hard rap like i am. there is a few songs lik 2 tht arent very good but overall this album is hard!!!

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