Music Reviews

AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Hip-hop band makes powerful music with a message.
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By The Roots
(2006)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
Andre 3000 offers excellent tunes that are fun for kids and a pleasure for grown-ups.
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By Andre 3000
(2007)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Intelligent social commentary, some iffy content.
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By Lupe Fiasco
(2007)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Insightful, fairly clean, and never ever boring.
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By Kanye West
(2007)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Pounding party beats with some adult themes.
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By The Black Eyed Peas
(2009)
AGE
17
QUALITY
 
Excellent but explicit rap debut; lots of iffy content.
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By A$AP Rocky
(2013)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Poignant hip-hop is profound and inspirational but graphic.
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By Kendrick Lamar
(2012)
AGE
17
QUALITY
 
Packs edgy emotional wallop; best for older teens.
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By Kanye West
(2004)
AGE
17
QUALITY
 
Rap for only the most mature older teens.
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By Eminem
(1999)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
Positive messages; suitable for older teens only.
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By Cee-Lo Green
(2004)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
Too racy for kids, but great for older teens.
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By Usher
(2004)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Mature themes in sophisticated hip-hop.
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By The Roots
(2002)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Intriguing punk-rap operetta for older teens.
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By The Streets
(2004)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
Exuberant social commentary and party fun.
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By Beastie Boys
(2004)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Refreshing hip-hop shows respect for women.
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By Houston
(2004)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
It was a very good year for music.
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By Various Artists
(2005)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
Life lessons from a self-described nice guy.
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By Will Smith
(2005)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
Squeaky-clean but viable rap music.
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By Mase
(2004)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Enchanting, self-revelatory, and explicit.
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By Lady Sovereign
(2006)
AGE
17
QUALITY
 
Intelligence and humor, explicitly delivered.
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By Ludacris
(2006)

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