Tasty

 
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Kelis loves sex -- as her CD makes clear.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

"In Public" celebrates exploitive outdoor sex.

Violence

"Stick Up" uses violence as a metaphor for seduction.

Sex

Very explicit.

Language

Kelis likes to talk dirty

Consumerism

"Millionaire" (with Andre) celebrates the big bucks.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Nas and Kelis "smoke a bud" in "In Public."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is not for young teens. Though the "Milkshake" song is really popular with middle school kids, they may not even understand the reference.

What's the story?

Didn't anyone ever tell this woman about playing hard-to-get? A little innuendo would raise the charm quotient considerably. The breathy vocals and worn-out synthesized pop arrangements on TASTY are the vehicle for Kelis' downright dirty delivery. The nadir, a ditty called "In Public" is offensive not because it celebrates risky outdoor sex, but because of the piggish attitude expressed by Kelis' duet partner, Nas. "I ain't got time to drive you all the way home, but instead I can drive you to a club bathroom or a restaurant men's room, then I can zoom in your woon..." is a sample. Girls don't need to listen to men talking to women that way, ever.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Explicit sexuality is the only thing that keeps TASTY from being completely boring. There is an edited version available, but it can't be found easily. There's no cleverness or humor, no truly awful songs, but no interesting ones either. Kelis is a lovely young woman who shows herself off in an airbrushed fold-out CD insert. If it were possible, it would seem that the vocals were airbrushed as well. The arrangements have a soulless, overprocessed sound and feeling.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what they think about the sexual attitudes and behaviors that Kelis describes.

Music details

Artist:Kelis
Release date:December 9, 2003
Label:Arista
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 17 years old Written byKoOkYMoNsTa234 April 9, 2008
 

TASTY- Kelis

Kelis is one of my favorite artists even with her obvious favorite thing- sex. Kids that aren't mature should know not to buy this and parents are rock dumb if they don't know what a milkshake is "My milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard" duh breasts! Its not for young children!
Teen, 17 years old Written byDreamCatcher68 April 9, 2008
 

Just not worth it...

Although I didn't find this CD "offensive" (and I'm a girl) I just really didn't find anything about it very appealing. Kelis obviously has a sexual addiction problem and I don't want to hear her ramble about it for an entire album. There's better stuff out there (like Nickelback)...just move on.
Kid, 9 years old August 20, 2013
 

rubbish

sex sex sex
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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