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Music Reviews

"Can't Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton)" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
age 13+
Empowering, positive rap track is mostly clean.
By Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
(2013)
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"Thrift Shop (feat. Wanz)" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
age 15+
Rapper shops at Goodwill; hilarity and profanity ensue.
By Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
(2012)
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Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City Music Poster Image
age 15+
Poignant hip-hop is profound and inspirational but graphic.
By Kendrick Lamar
(2012)
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"Wild Ones" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
age 15+
Hip-pop party anthem celebrates living on the edge, drinking
By Flo Rida, Sia
(2012)
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"A** Back Home" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
age 12+
Despite crass title, hip-hop song has positive message.
By Gym Class Heroes
(2012)
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My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Music Poster Image
age 16+
Bleak, explicit messages overrun thoughtful hip-hop record.
By Kanye West
(2010)
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Pink Friday Music Poster Image
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age 16+
Clever at times, but way too crass and violent for kids.
By Nicki Minaj
(2010)
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"Just a Dream" (CD single) Music Poster Image
age 12+
Honest, clean look back at a failed relationship.
By Nelly
(2010)
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"Magic" (single featuring Rivers Cuomo) Music Poster Image
age 11+
Clean hip-hop song with a cool alt-rock edge.
By B.o.B.
(2010)
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"Power" (CD single) Music Poster Image
age 16+
West uses swearing, violence to lash out at his critics.
By Kanye West
(2010)
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"Rock that Body" (CD single) Music Poster Image
age 12+
Dance single is OK choice for kids who like Black Eyed Peas.
By The Black Eyed Peas
(2010)
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B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray Music Poster Image
age 14+
Excellent rap debut; edited version is OK for teens.
By B.o.B.
(2010)
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"Massive Attack" (single featuring Sean Garrett) Music Poster Image
age 15+
Single from hip-hop's leading lady glamorizes violence.
By Nicki Minaj
(2010)
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"OMG" (CD single) Music Poster Image
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age 13+
Sexy song isn't graphic, but it's too steamy for tweens.
By Usher
(2010)
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"Break Your Heart" (CD single) Music Poster Image
age 13+
The lyrics are OK for teens, but the sexist message is iffy.
By Taio Cruz
(2010)
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"Imma Be" (CD single) Music Poster Image
age 15+
Unedited version might "be" too much for most kids.
By The Black Eyed Peas
(2010)
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"Pants on the Ground" (CD single) Music Poster Image
age 10+
Popular Idol audition song is odd but OK for tweens.
By General Larry Platt
(2010)
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"How Low" (CD single) Music Poster Image
age 14+
Not graphic, but lots of not-so-subtle messages about sex.
By Ludacris
(2009)
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"Starstrukk" (CD single) Music Poster Image
age 15+
Crunk kings do more girl-bashing with help from Katy Perry.
By 3OH!3
(2009)
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THE E.N.D (Energy Never Dies) Music Poster Image
age 15+
Pounding party beats with some adult themes.
By The Black Eyed Peas
(2009)
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