Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Kelis loves sex -- as her CD makes clear.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

"In Public" celebrates exploitive outdoor sex.


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


Very explicit.


Kelis likes to talk dirty


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10-year-old Written bywillowfaierie July 10, 2010

My review

The artist's songs are degrading to girls, with lyrics that are so bad, they'll make you ill-tempered. Ouch.
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

And people think MY music is aweful?

This CD was so awful. Bad lyrics, boring, all about sex, and really offensive to girls. I am not a girl but I still found this CD as junk. People think my music... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old August 22, 2016

Too much sex

This is just a rubbish collection of sexual ballads. Milkshake means breasts and your child must be EXTREMELY mature to listen to this.
Kid, 9 years old August 20, 2013


sex sex sex

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: July 14, 2015

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