Coach Carter Soundtrack


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Tom Neven
Bob Smithouser

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

A girl facing temptation recalls Mom’s solid advice (LeToya’s “What Love Can Do”). Lines condemn materialism (Trey Songz’ “About Da Game,” and “Wouldn’t You Like to Ride” featuring Kanye West). Twista and Faith Evans appear on “Hope,” a slam-dunk appeal for prayer and trusting in God (“With the faith of a mustard seed you can move mountains/And only the heavenly Father can ease the hurt/Just let it go and keep prayin’ on your knees in church”).

Objectionable Content

On “All Night Long” Red Cafe wants to get a girl high enough on marijuana that she’ll put out sexually (“Now we can burn cut leaves from the earth ’til you get a buzz good to lift up your skirt”). The title “Beauty Queen” morphs into “booty queen” amid other demeaning sexual remarks by CzarNok, who tells a woman, “Do that thing that strippers do.” A guy admires a “connoisseur of Kama Sutra” who’s into “smoking herb” (“Wouldn’t You Like to Ride”). “Roll Wit You” finds Ciara in the role of an aggressive female enamored with thug culture.

Summary Advisory

“Hope” is terrific, but most of this soundtrack promotes the very pathologies the coach in the movie was trying to help his young players escape.

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Tom Neven
Bob Smithouser