Music Reviews

AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Rapper shops at Goodwill; hilarity and profanity ensue.
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By Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
(2012)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Frenetic track is less explicit than the typical Minaj song.
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By Nicki Minaj
(2012)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
Bleak, explicit messages overrun thoughtful hip-hop record.
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By Kanye West
(2010)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
Clean hip-hop song with a cool alt-rock edge.
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By B.o.B.
(2010)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Drinking, sex mark steamy song from Step Up 3D soundtrack.
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By Flo Rida
(2010)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
Domestic abuse single is too violent for most teens.
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By Eminem
(2010)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Rap tune is cleaner than most; mild profanity, no violence.
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By B.o.B.
(2010)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
'80s youth anthem gets a hip-hop reinvention; OK for teens.
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By Jay-Z
(2010)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Surprisingly positive single; edited version is OK for teens
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By Eminem
(2010)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Edited version of reggae-rap tune is OK for younger teens.
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By Travie McCoy
(2010)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Popular Idol audition song is odd but OK for tweens.
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By General Larry Platt
(2010)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Four big-name rappers cut explicit tune about fame.
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By Drake
(2009)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Anthem of jerkin' dance craze is ode to playing the field.
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By New Boyz
(2009)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
Violent, misogynistic, and alcohol-soaked rap.
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By 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Eminem
(2009)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Rapper uses brutal imagery in call to end street violence.
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By T.I.
(2008)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Intelligent social commentary, some iffy content.
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By Lupe Fiasco
(2007)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
Classic hip-hop with a message -- for older teens.
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By Fort Minor
(2005)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
A bit better than its lackluster predecessors.
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By Various Artists
(2005)