The Beginning

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Peas focus on love of music in cleaner-than-usual CD.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

For the most part, the Peas keep their messages positive here, focusing on having fun without going overboard on iffy behavior.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The four members of the Black Eyed Peas generally manage to avoid excessive behavior and also lend their time to charitable causes.

Violence
Sex

Some sexiness. For example: "Kama sutra-loving baby ... give me more sex."

Language

"S--t" is used pretty liberally in some songs (such as "Do It Like This").

Consumerism

A bit of label-dropping, such as Chanel.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Talk of partying. Occasional references to alcohol, such as "Grab a glass and get wet / Ask for some bubble."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this album is relatively mild in terms of adult content compared to other pop/hip-hop tunes and past Black Eyed Peas records. Many of the songs talk about "partying" but focus more on simply dancing than drinking or sex. While there are a few mature references to these topics, along with the occasional swear word (mostly "s--t"), the album is pretty tame overall, making it an age-appropriate pick for teens.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byteddybear88 October 21, 2011

OK

A fun CD! Some songs questionalbe though.
Adult Written byDamagesfan December 19, 2010
Teen, 13 years old Written bycinnagurl May 4, 2011

good for tweens and up

I think this is beps cleanest cd. do it like this and dont stop the party are inappropiate. The best one yet is very good tells you to enjoy good times. Fashion... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 20, 2018

Great album, but the age-appropriateness is mixed

I have now listened to the full album. Most of the songs aren’t that graphic, but one has a lot of really bad language. The album is much less mature than other... Continue reading

What's the story?

In their sixth CD, THE BEGINNING, the Black Eyed Peas keep their focus on one major thing: their love of music. In these 12 tracks, the band celebrates music in its many forms -- from "John Lennon" to "Bob Marley" -- as well as dancing along to it. Though there are some allusions to sex and drinking, they're milder on the whole than the hardcore sex and substance use described in much of today's music. As a result, parents shouldn't worry about their teens listening to this record.

Is it any good?

While earlier Peas albums, like Monkey Business, featured big, booming beats, the tunes on The Beginning sport a mellower yet still energetic vibe that lends itself to sustained stints on the dance floor. That said, the group could stand to lay off the auto tune a little: they use it liberally here, even on Fergie's otherwise solid vocal spots.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about ways that teens can indulge their love of partying without taking part in the drinking and sex that often go along with it. Teens: Where can you go to dance without having to worry about substances or adult behavior?

  • What are the real-life consequences of partying-related behavior like sex and drinking?

  • Do you consider the Black Eyes Peas role models? Why or why not?

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