Music Reviews

age 15+
 
Hot rappers court danger by resurrecting old rap rivalries.
By Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rihanna
(2009)
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age 10+
 
Super-sweet, original electro-pop is OK for tweens.
By Owl City
(2009)
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age 15+
 
Explicit lyrics give Latin-flavored rap CD a strong bite.
By Pitbull
(2009)
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age 14+
 
Rapper battles -- but mostly steers clear of -- sex, drugs.
By Jay-Z
(2009)
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age 14+
 
Hot MC's raps mix self-reflection with graphic sex talk.
By Drake
(2009)
age 15+
 
Four big-name rappers cut explicit tune about fame.
By Drake
(2009)
age 14+
 
Jay-Z's love letter to the Big Apple; some drug references.
By Jay-Z
(2009)
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age 12+
 
Indie band's greatest hits are OK for older kids.
By Snow Patrol
(2009)
age 18+
 
Violent rap release is for adult Fiddy fans only.
By 50 Cent
(2009)
age 15+
 
A kinder, gentler Slim Shady. Still, not OK for kids/tweens.
By Eminem
(2009)
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age 18+
 
Rap CD is not only explicit and offensive but also boring.
By Young Money
(2010)
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age 18+
 
Rockin' new sound for rapper, same old misbehaving. No kids.
By Lil Wayne
(2010)
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age 14+
 
Rap song is filled with profanity; look for edited version.
By Drake
(2010)
age 18+
 
Entertaining but over-sexed hip-hop LP is for adults only.
By Ludacris
(2010)
age 16+
 
Boring, violent rap with lots of the n-word.
By T.I.
(2010)
age 13+
 
Edited version of reggae-rap tune is OK for younger teens.
By Travie McCoy
(2010)
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age 13+
 
Brooding, dark, and sometimes depressing indie rock.
By MGMT
(2010)
age 15+
 
Surprisingly positive single; edited version is OK for teens
By Eminem
(2010)
age 15+
 
'80s youth anthem gets a hip-hop reinvention; OK for teens.
By Jay-Z
(2010)
age 12+
 
Rap tune is cleaner than most; mild profanity, no violence.
By B.o.B.
(2010)

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