The Big Bang

 
Very, very profane but at times thoughtful.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Sexist and racist language, yet there's a strong sense of social consciousness too.

Violence

Lots of violent imagery.

Sex

Very explicit references to sex.

Language

Non-stop profanity -- nothing you would want your kid to repeat.

Consumerism

Some brand names mentioned.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lots of references to drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this CD is loaded with four-letter words, violent imagery, and exploitive sexuality. Still, the album contains some interesting social commentary and imaginative musical arrangements.

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What's the story?

Racist and sexist language, violent imagery, drug references, explicit sexuality, and -- great poetry with a generous helping of social consciousness, darn it. Despite the content and language, it's hard to dismiss THE BIG BANG as merely \"inappropriate for teens,\" because Busta Rhymes' music is terrific in spite of the parts that may make you uncomfortable. Check out \"Been Through the Storm,\" for example -- turning a melodic corner from hip-hop beats to soul crooning with string-section sweetening, A cameo by Stevie Wonder doesn't hurt, nor does Rick James' participation on \"In the Ghetto\" (\"Sure we be takin' them chances/while we search for the answers we be smokin' them cancer sticks/police provoking...we dancin'/and we be dodging them bullets they be popping off at us\").

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Despite an amazing array of celebrity cameos (Missy Elliott, Q-Tip, LaToya Jackson, and Nas, to name a few), Busta Rhymes owns every track, stealing his own show with visceral, emotional vocals and instrumental arrangements that sneak up on the listener with one melodic surprise after another. An edited version is available, but there are so many edited words that it ends up sounding like nonsense. Consider this one instead, with a lot of discussion with your teens.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the visceral power of certain words, and whether or not the same point could be made in a different way. Challenge your teens to write songs about their own lives, neighborhoods, and fears -- with cleaner language.

Music details

Artist:Busta Rhymes
Release date:June 13, 2006
Label:Aftermath
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 16 years old Written byvolleyball7010 April 9, 2008
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this wont kill ya

Is just music it wount kill any1 not a dig deal people!!!! its a great cd!!

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