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Album Review

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

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Pro-social Content

“She’s Alive” praises a single mom for pressing on. Isolated lines thank God for faithful parents (“Hey Ya!”) and recognize the futility of stubborn, hot-tempered conflict (“The Rooster”).

Objectionable Content

“Tomb of the Boom” alludes to marijuana use. That track and three others feature alcohol, sometimes to the point of intoxication and usually connected with sex. Teens get hammered with explicit sexual references on “The Way You Move,” “Tomb of the Boom” and OutKast’s ode to masturbation, “Vibrate.” Song titles such as “Where Are My Panties” and “Spread” need no further explanation. Liner images include bikini-clad and bare-breasted women. A photo of a rapper holding a smoking gun captures the thug posturing on several tracks. “War” uses obscenities to rail against the Bush administration. Wrapping unconscionable behavior in religious robes, “Reset” quotes Ephesians 6:12, then adds with gangsta bravado, “I’ll be bringing God to the gunfight.” “God (Interlude)” assumes the Lord is a female deity quick to understand and forgive the rapper’s sexual indiscretions. Similarly confused, “Church” talks of evil, the devil and repentance, yet winks at casual sex and using pot.

Summary Advisory

Two discs. A vile 135 minutes of material. How irresponsible is this project? Laughter erupts when Big Boi’s 3-year-old says “muthaf---er.” If he and his partner, Dre, are that lax about corrupting one of their own kids, just imagine how willing they are to corrupt yours.

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Christian Beliefs

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Profanity/Violence

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

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Performance

This number-1 disc sold more than 500,000 copies its first week. “The Way You Move” (featuring Sleepy Brown) was a Top-20 R&B/Hip-hop single.

Record Label

Arista

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On Video

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