"Perverted. They discriminate against women," said Shaneka Jones, 16.

"Disgusting," said Aminta Gatling, 15.

"Sexist," said Kimel Barnes, 16. "I don't know any girls who listen to them."

The girls strolling out of the District's Dunbar High School had few words for the raunchy rap group 2 Live Crew. They rolled their eyes, sighed heavily and walked away.

"Misogynist" is the word critics often use to describe the rappers' album "As Nasty as They Wanna Be." Songs are laced with expletives, contain explicit descriptions of sexual acts and refer to women as "bitches" and "whores."

Printed on the recording is a notice -- "Warning: Explicit Language Contained" -- but that doesn't mean children won't hear it. "I listen to it once in a while, if someone plays it," said Taressa Stoutamire, a 13-year-old who was walking out of a store at 14th and W streets NW. She doesn't like the music, though, because "they cuss too much."

Her friend Eno Aka, also 13, agreed. "The beat sounds good, but it's too nasty. I know my parents wouldn't let me bring it in the house. I have one friend who listens to it a lot, but mostly everybody hears it one time and that's enough."

Listen to young men and you hear more mixed reviews.

"I like it and I listen to it in my room," said Lujon Watson, 18, walking through the courtyard at Potomac Gardens in Southeast. "If {the lyrics} don't pertain to you, ignore them."

A neighbor, 18-year-old Malik Saburn, disagreed. "It's pathetic. I like rap, a cuss word here and there, but when you use 10 in a sentence that's a bit much."

Ulandis Forte, a 16-year-old Dunbar student, sees both sides. "It might offend some people, but to me it's just words," he said.

Many parents believe "Nasty" is hot wax only because of the media attention and the curiosity it arouses among youths.

Phil Rogers, father of two daughters, considered the issue as he sat on the grass at Lafayette Square on a recent afternoon. "I think every age has had some way of testing the limits of standard behavior," said Rogers, munching on a chicken sandwich. "I don't think I'd make a big scene if they bought the album and listened to it. I'd discuss it. They are responsible, self-disciplined individuals and I think they'd choose to stop listening."

Shirley Brown, a D.C. Public Schools bus attendant, and mother of two boys and a girl, saw age as the big factor.

"My daughter is 13. My boys are 16 and 17," said Brown, as she rushed back to work from lunch. "I don't like my daughter listening to it, but the boys know everything. When she's 16 or 17 she can listen too.

"She's probably heard it already," Brown said. "They can bring the tape in and I wouldn't know it. They could listen in their room."

Somebody's listening. "Nasty" has sold nearly 2 million copies nationwide since its release a year ago, according to a spokesman for Skyywalker Records. A cleaned-up version sold far fewer, only 300,000. In the District, the 2 Live Crew appears to be a mild sensation and few teens said they listen to the group regularly.

Peter Seitz, an agent for the rappers, said the 2 Live Crew appeared at the Celebrity Hall, a well-known D.C. club that usually showcases go-go music, during Thanksgiving weekend last year. Seitz called the turnout "okay, not fantastic. They are more popular down South and in California," he said.

For the Crew, though, all of this clash may rhyme with cash. "It's definitely helping because a lot of people are buying the album out of curiosity," said Debbie Bennet, public relations director for Skyywalker Records. Seitz agreed, adding, "I'm getting more calls for them to perform."

Two District-based concert producers said they won't be calling.

"I wouldn't permit 2 Live Crew access to the stage," said Bill Washington, owner of Dimensions Unlimited.

"I support the First Amendment, but marketing smut to kids -- we're not into that," said Darryll Brooks, president of G Street Express, which produces rap concerts all over the country.

At Union Station, a group of young tourists from Tallahassee defended the new media "bad boys" from their home state.

"I own it and I play it when I'm in the car," said Robert Palmore, 17. "It's everyday street slang."

"Parents take the language seriously, but we don't," said Lauren Pasquarella, 15.

Even the language used to describe women didn't offend them. Quipped Lauren, "I have a strong enough self-esteem that I'm not bothered by it. Anyway, I am a bitch sometimes."