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Adam R. Holz
Bob Smithouser

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

There’s an innocent love song (“I Wish”) and an apology for dishonesty in a relationship (“I’m Gon’ Change”). “Growing Pains” says we reap what we sow, acknowledging God’s presence.

Objectionable Content

Hormones are in overdrive throughout this disc. The title cut is all about giving women orgasms. “I Know” is chock-full of ecstatic groans. Even worse than the crass double entendres are Omarion’s frank references to intercourse on “In the Dark” and “Drop That Heater.” Elsewhere, the singer mentally undresses his date (“Slow Dancin’”) and tells a woman to strip for him while he admires her assets (“Take It Off”). On “I’m Tryin’” a jilted guy says, “I’m tryin’ to act like I can do without feeling on your booty/Find another ghetto cutie to do me like you do me.” There’s a line about fellatio on “Touch.” Mild profanity creeps in frequently. Fans also get hit with the s-word, a pair of f-words and misogynist slang.

Summary Advisory

Formerly a member of the boy band B2K, Omari Ishmael Grandberry has grown up and taken his place among R&B’s libidinous heels. The 21-year-old’s hip-hop dance grooves and smooth ballads are avaricious, sexually obsessed and downright O-ffensive.

Adam R. Holz

After serving as an associate editor at NavPress’ Discipleship Journal and consulting editor for Current Thoughts and Trends, Adam now oversees the editing and publishing of Plugged In’s reviews as the site’s director. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. In their free time, the Holzes enjoy playing games, a variety of musical instruments, swimming and … watching movies.

Bob Smithouser
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