Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978


Mello-D's "Youth Under Construction" Vol. 1.0

Fall 2003 Music
Ages: 6 - 14 yrs.
CD Price: $14.95
Babies, toddlers and preschoolers get the lion’s share of quality music created just for them; it’s less usual for their older siblings, especially ‘tweens and young teens, to be targeted with music that isn’t the MTV- or radio- and internet-driven fare that they’re already tuning into by that time. This terrific R&B, hip-hop and rap collection may change their minds. Along with an authentic, driving beat, these well-crafted, heartfelt songs, sung by talented young people, respect listeners as they emphatically convey uplifting messages that speak directly to serious adolescent challenges. Songs like "You Stand Out," "Good Thingz," "Figure It Out" and "Much Betta" underscore the title track’s theme: "Tired of messed-up, shady rhymes, we’ve got fresh and fertile minds. Well aware that we deserve a better rap….Youth under construction, youth in development….Building a better way…."
Lynne Heffley   ©2003 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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