Music Reviews

"Run This Town" (CD single) Music Poster Image
age 15+
Hot rappers court danger by resurrecting old rap rivalries.
By Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rihanna
(2009)
Ocean Eyes Music Poster Image
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age 10+
Super-sweet, original electro-pop is OK for tweens.
By Owl City
(2009)
Rebelution Music Poster Image
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age 15+
Explicit lyrics give Latin-flavored rap CD a strong bite.
By Pitbull
(2009)
The Blueprint 3 Music Poster Image
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age 14+
Rapper battles -- but mostly steers clear of -- sex, drugs.
By Jay-Z
(2009)
So Far Gone Music Poster Image
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age 14+
Hot MC's raps mix self-reflection with graphic sex talk.
By Drake
(2009)
"Forever" (CD single) Music Poster Image
age 15+
Four big-name rappers cut explicit tune about fame.
By Drake
(2009)
"Empire State of Mind" (CD single) Music Poster Image
age 14+
Jay-Z's love letter to the Big Apple; some drug references.
By Jay-Z
(2009)
Up to Now Music Poster Image
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age 12+
Indie band's greatest hits are OK for older kids.
By Snow Patrol
(2009)
Before I Self Destruct Music Poster Image
age 18+
Violent rap release is for adult Fiddy fans only.
By 50 Cent
(2009)
Hell Breaks Loose (CD single) Music Poster Image
age 15+
A kinder, gentler Slim Shady. Still, not OK for kids/tweens.
By Eminem
(2009)
We Are Young Money Music Poster Image
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age 18+
Rap CD is not only explicit and offensive but also boring.
By Young Money
(2010)
Rebirth Music Poster Image
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age 18+
Rockin' new sound for rapper, same old misbehaving. No kids.
By Lil Wayne
(2010)
"Over" (CD single) Music Poster Image
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age 14+
Rap song is filled with profanity; look for edited version.
By Drake
(2010)
"I'm Back" (CD single) Music Poster Image
age 16+
Boring, violent rap with lots of the n-word.
By T.I.
(2010)
Battle of the Sexes Music Poster Image
age 18+
Entertaining but over-sexed hip-hop LP is for adults only.
By Ludacris
(2010)
"Billionaire" (single featuring Bruno Mars) Music Poster Image
age 13+
Edited version of reggae-rap tune is OK for younger teens.
By Travie McCoy
(2010)
Congratulations Music Poster Image
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age 13+
Brooding, dark, and sometimes depressing indie rock.
By MGMT
(2010)
"Not Afraid" (CD single) Music Poster Image
age 15+
Surprisingly positive single; edited version is OK for teens
By Eminem
(2010)
"Young Forever" (CD single) Music Poster Image
age 15+
'80s youth anthem gets a hip-hop reinvention; OK for teens.
By Jay-Z
(2010)
"Airplanes" (single featuring Hayley Williams) Music Poster Image
age 12+
Rap tune is cleaner than most; mild profanity, no violence.
By B.o.B.
(2010)

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