Unapologetic

Common Sense Media says

Mature, explicit CD about reuniting with an abusive ex.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's not much positive in these messages about getting back together with an abusive boyfriend, squandering what seems like endless amounts of money, and a host of other negative behaviors. 

Positive role models

These songs describe someone who refuses to accept reality by indulging in harmful relationships and actions. 

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some steamy lines, like "Ride it, my pony, my saddle is waitin', come and jump on it."

Language

A healthy serving of "f--k", along with words like "ho" and "bitch." 

Consumerism

Lots of product names, from Patron to Bulgari.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Plenty of talk about drinking and substance use.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Unapologetic is one of the most mature albums yet from Rihanna, featuring lots of profanity ("f--k" and more), heavy references to sex and substance use, and mentions of spending money and material things. Moreover, the album makes it clear that Rihanna has no remorse about reuniting with her abusive boyfriend, singer Chris Brown. There is an edited version available.

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What's the story?

UNAPOLOGETIC is the seventh full-length album in the explosive career of Rihanna, one of the hottest R&B artists on the music scene. The record features 14 tracks along with major guest stars like Eminem, David Guetta, and Chris Brown -- the singer's former boyfriend who was charged with assaulting her in 2009. The deluxe version of the album includes two remixes of the first single, "Diamonds," along with footage from her LOUD tour.

Is it any good?

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The intense tone of many of these tunes matches their serious lyrics, with lots of deep, driving beats. Ironically, the lightest song is "Nobody's Business," Rihanna's duet with Chris Brown -- though it's hard to absorb the breezy sound in light of their troubled past. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Rihanna would get back together with someone who has physically abused her. What message does that send to her fans?

  • As a society, do we expect celebrities to follow a certain code of conduct? Is Rihanna required to be a role model? Why or why not?

  • Do you think teaming up with or singing about Chris Brown helps or hurts Rihanna's image and career? If you could talk to Rihanna, what advice would you give her?

Music details

Artist:Rihanna
Release date:November 19, 2012
Type:Album
Label:Island Def Jam
Genre:R&B
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Written byAnonymous June 23, 2013
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18
QUALITY
 

Not for kids this album and/ or her with an Abuser.

Not for kids PA or Edited. Rihanna really need to move on. ...and stay far, far, far away from Chris Brown. I don't like this when they together. ...and Rihanna need to get her head Straight. ...and know what happened in 2009.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byMonksy204 December 12, 2012
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15
QUALITY
 

Change of Opinion

When this album came out I was in deep utter shock. I really did not know what to think of the record, and disliked it at first. Now, I look at it as a great album. The songs have depth to them, and she is really exploring new areas with her music. I would honestly say 15+ though, because people below 15 may end up not understanding the messages on the album like I did.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 December 3, 2012
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6
QUALITY
 

unapologetic

Families can talk about why Rihanna would get back together with someone who has physically abused her. What message does that send to her fans? As a society, do we expect celebrities to follow a certain code of conduct? Is Rihanna required to be a role model? Why or why not? Do you think teaming up with or singing about Chris Brown helps or hurts Rihanna's image and career? If you could talk to Rihanna, what advice would you give her?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byjohnstewart November 26, 2014
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14
QUALITY
 

Actually not that bad!

Okay, I agree this album is inappropriate and has a sexual cover - BUT, just get the clean version and change the artwork later on iTunes! I'm sure there are plenty of better pictures of Rihanna that you can use instead as an artwork. And yeah, according to iTunes almost all of the songs are "explicit" but only like the half of them are explicit. And yes I agree with all you RiRi fans saying that she shouldn't have changed and should go back to the good girl she used to be. But some of these songs are actually not bad. My favorites are "Loveeeeeee Song", "Numb", "Diamonds" and "Love Without Tragedy / Mother Mary". You should actually listen to "Mother Mary" because that song is just beautiful. Probably the least explicit track on the album. But as a total, this album has like, i don't know, 10 F-words? Some N and S- words also. But yeah you can read the lyrics somewhere and decide what songs are okay for your kids.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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