The Day After

Common Sense Media says

Brilliant and engaging, but inappropriate for kids





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Very sexist lyrics; also some astute socio-political commentary.


Lots of violent imagery, toned down for edited version.


Very explicit sexual references, even on edited version.


Very strong language.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple of references to getting high.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a brilliant album that's also totally inappropriate for kids. Even the edited version is very sexually explicit, sexist, and leaves few of the violent images to the imagination.

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What's the story?

Twista is known as the \"world's fastest rapper,\" and the Chicago native shows off his speedy chops on his new release, THE DAY AFTER. Brilliant performances, terrific songwriting, elegant production, and all-star cameos (by Jamie Foxx, Juvenile, Lil' Kim, Mariah Carey, Pharrell, Pitbull, Snoop Dogg, Speedknot Mobstaz, and Trey Songz) are all wonderful touches -- but don't soften the explicitness of Twista's lyrics.

Is it any good?


Even the edited version of The Day After is very sexually explicit, sexist, and leaves few of the violent images to the imagination. If anything, the clumsy edits end up emphasizing the words that are omitted. The edited version does have different insert art; the weapons and explosions depicted in the original CD booklet are replaced by milder visuals. But Twista's material is tough and visceral, with none of the signature humor used by many of his peers. As terrific a performer as he is, no amount of editing will make this guy come across as comfortably kid-friendly.

Families accustomed to explicit music might use this CD to fuel discussions about all sorts of socio-political and sexual-political issues -- but it's hard to imagine most parents feeling comfortable listening to Twista with their kids, and vice versa. It's too bad, because Twista has a lot to say, and despite the discomfort level created by his explicitness, he says it very well (as well as very fast).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about all sorts of socio-political and sexual-political issues. Why do rappers feel the need to keep pushing the envelope? Could Twista express himself without being so explicit? However, it's hard to imagine most parents feeling comfortable listening to Twista with their kids, and vice versa.

Music details

Release date:September 4, 2005
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
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Kid, 12 years old May 20, 2010

still one of the most explicit rap cd's out there

very few raqp cd's come close to being a sexplict as the day after this is twista's best work his other work is eehh. what makes this album odd is the order of the song he goes from violent to isnightful while most of his songs are awesome there are a couple are unbearable such as chocolate fe's and redbones other than that parents beware this is possible the most explicit cd ever made B+ download these the super exlicit heartbeat and hit it how you live
Teen, 16 years old Written bykisforkendall April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


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