United State of Atlanta

 
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Extremely graphic – 17 and up only.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Not great role models for kids.

Violence

Though not necessarily graphic, it's present, if not draped in hip-hop terminology.

Sex

Everywhere. Larry Flynt probably wouldn't go this far.

Language

Very explicit.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some mentions. A lot of partying going on here.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's a lot of profanity here -- so much that it's really impossible to recommend to anyone under 17. There's also lots of sex banter, violent imagery, "N" words, etc.

What's the story?

Though it's easy for parents who don't follow hip-hop to lump the Ying Yang Twins in with every other hip-hop act, especially when considering the language and subject matter, the fact is they're one of the better bands out there, at least musically. The beats are good and the intentions are lighter than most. They mostly stay away from advocating violence in favor of a good time. And there are even a few thoughtful messages here -- \"23 Hr. Lock Down\" probes feelings of isolation that teens always seem to experience, whether the setting is prison or, in the case of most high-schoolers, learning the ins and outs of relationships. The song does take a turn for the serious, though, especially when the protagonist considers suicide.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The fact remains that this CD is not appropriate for kids. "Bedroom Boom" offers one of the most blatant descriptions of a sex scene this side of Penthouse Forum. Bottom line: This CD is fine for adult rap fans, but doesn't belong in the hands of kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about cultural meaning in some of the songs. It's not all parties and sex. For example, "We At War" is about a poor black soldier going overseas to fight. There's also some good description of feelings and isolation in "23 Hr. Lock Down," which details solitary confinement. These are viewpoints not always considered in teens' day-to-day lives, and definitely worth discussing.

Music details

Artist:Ying Yang Twins
Release date:June 28, 2005
Label:TVT
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old August 28, 2011
 

THIS SUCKS SO BAD

i tried to hear the song but in the first 5 SECONDS!!!!! i stopped it all THEY COULD HAVE THOUGHT OF IS THE M WORD AND F WORD AND S WORD IN THE FIRST 5 SECONDS ITS DISGUSTING IM SRRY TO SAY BUT THE SONG IS SOOOOO GAY
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bymentorso1 December 27, 2008
 

I don't even own the album

Wow. Wow. I listened to a clip of a couple of the songs on this album, and they go beyond perversion. The lyrics are disgusting. I listened to the clean version of a song and it is insane. And, not even the worst song on the album. Ouch

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