Todd Smith

Common Sense Media says

Some good stuff, but not for kids and tweens.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some very positive and inspirational messages for young people -- also some sexist language and posturing.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some explicitly sexual lyrics.

Language

Unusually clean language for the genre.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Maybe one of two references, but not a big issue.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's some sexist language and explicit sexuality on this album. There's also a terrific variety of hip-hop, soul, and R&B, along with some nice, empowering messages for teens.

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What's the story?

LL Cool J delivers 13 tracks in a variety of styles on TODD SMITH, which was produced by Jermaine Dupri. With cameos by the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Mary Mary, Teairra Mari, Freeway and Juelz Santana, it's an interesting and fun mix. "Favorite Flavor" features a sultry performance by Mary J. Blige, and "We're Gonna Make It" delivers an upbeat, Gospel-tinged punch. "Walkng Down the Aisle" is a charming account of a sweaty-palmed young man's thoughts moments before his wedding.

Is it any good?

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The content and music on this CD fluctuate wildly. There's a lot of very sexy and sexist language, but you'll also find powerful and empowering messages. "Best Dress," featuring Jamie Foxx, is meant to inspire girls to go after what they want ("To all my ghetto queens/surviving' by all means/ there's a rock and a hard place/ you're somewhere in between/ keep fightin'/ baby girl, keep fightin'"). Listeners uncomfortable with sexual innuendo might not appreciate a few tracks, but there's a lot of other interesting content, performed by a hip-hop legend, with help from his friends.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the impressive variety of musical styles, and try to identify the musical influences. Also, families may want to discuss the number of cameo performances here. Why do artists appear on other albums? Do you think it's only to be nice -- or do they have something to gain?

Music details

Artist:LL Cool J
Release date:April 11, 2006
Label:Def Jam
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byBIG PAPA April 9, 2008
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i laughed!

Todd Smith cd is outstanding.i love it and it is great for kids and adults.
Teen, 13 years old Written byberksierra April 9, 2008
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Classic Hip-Hop for all rap lovers. Teens Ok

I love this Cd. I couldn't find a bad thing to say about it if I tried. It's eassily the best rap album i know. If your kids want rap that's gangster styl, but at the same quite tame, This is the Cd for them. Sexual content is the biggest promblem for LL, but besides that, it's great stuff. Five stars at least!!!!

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