The Quilt

Music review by
Denise Duval, Common Sense Media
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Eclectic and explicit alt hip-hop collection.

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

Positive Messages

Some songs are about cheating in relationships. There are also some positive messages. "Live a Little" stresses the importance of living in the moment, and "Peace Sign/Index Down" promotes a more peaceful way of dealing with others.


Several songs are about cheating in relationships. In "Cookie Jar," cookies are a metaphor for women. "I'm still a cookie whore." Sex implied on "Blinded by the Sun" with the lyrics "so and so was hittin' that bitch," although this could be interpreted as violence. "Don't Tell Me It's Over" mentions the word "d--k." "Home" talks about "dry humping," and "Kissin Ears" croons that "sex starts with kissing ears."


Several songs feature words like "s--t," "f--k," "bitch," and "asshole."


One song talks about girls looking fine in their Seven jeans. "I like girls/they like me/they look so fine in their Seven jeans."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

On "Don't Tell Me It's Over," lyrics like "Tell them Travi smokes more crack than Tyrone Biggums does."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is the fourth full-length album from this buzzworthy hip-hop band who collaborated with an impressive roster of star power. Four-letter words run rampant on the album, which mostly deals with adult themes, including cheating, being cheated on, and drug use. There are also appearances of words like "bitch" and "whore."

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Teen, 14 years old Written bysammacwill September 7, 2014

For mature teens

This Alt-Hip Hop album has been a favorite of mine for a while now. With sexual themes here and there and a lot of alcohol references, this album is not for kid...

What's the story?

THE QUILT couldn't be more aptly named. This energetic album is an eclectic patchwork mix of R&B, pop, hip-hop, reggae, and indie-pop. Several of the songs are about relationships and infidelity. The pop-sounding \"Guilty as Charged\" is about cheating, and then the tables are turned on the reggae-driven \"Blinded by the Sun.\" \"Cookie Jar\" is an innuendo-filled track about being unable to resist the temptations of different women.

Is it any good?

The band teamed up with several star collaborators to put this one together -- some of the more notable appearances include Busta Rhymes on the anthem "Peace Sign/Index Down" (surprisingly one of the album's "angrier" tracks), Estelle on "Guilty as Charged," and Daryl Hall on "Live Forever (Fly with Me)."

While The Quilt does have some predictable "fast-forward" moments, like the cheesy "Kissing Ears," other tracks keep you guessing -- you might almost say too much. For example, "No Place to Run" doesn't sound like anything else on the album, or anything else Gym Class Heroes has ever done. It's as if someone switched you to shuffle mode mid-listen. But for the most part, this is a catchy collection with some lyrics you won't be able to get out of your head, as much as you might want to.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this album differs from earlier Gym Class Heroes albums. Does it seem as if this collection is more serious? More than one song on the album is about being unfaithful. Do songs like this make it seem more acceptable to cheat on your boyfriend or girlfriend, or to constantly be suspicious that they are? Does it make being a player seem cool? Does The Quilt seem like a surprising name for a hip-hop album, or is it a good reflection of the many different musical styles represented?

Music details

  • Artist: Gym Class Heroes
  • Release date: September 8, 2008
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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