"Love Lockdown" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Kanye trades rhymes for singing in tame love song.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Heartbreak, relationship turmoil, and emotional distance are all covered in the song, although not in explicit or unsettling ways. Insightful lyrics portray someone who's hurting but remains positive: "I'm not lovin' you, the way I wanted to, I can't keep my cool, so I keep it true, I got somethin' to lose, so I gotta move, I can't keep myself, and still keep you too."

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This single is all about love and the angst of love (the word "love" is used 40 times). But it doesn't go into any real detail -- love is simply love, nothing more, nothing less.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the content of this single is age-appropriate for just about everyone. That said, it is all about love and heartbreak -- but younger listeners will probably pick up on the funky vocals and dance beats instead of the emotionally charged lyrics.

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What's the story?

If you're waiting for Kanye West to drop his trademark rhymes on this single, don't hold your breath: LOVE LOCKDOWN marks West's foray into singing. But even though he's put the rap game on lockdown for now, he still maintained creative control of this release -- he wrote and produced it himself. The result is a soulful song about love that, thanks to the abundant use of Auto-Tune vocal affects, also reflects West's techno sensibility.

Is it any good?


"Love Lockdown" is one of those songs that you either love or hate. Although West should get credit for trying out a new genre, fans might not be so quick to give him a stellar grade. The inventive lyrics -- like this line: "No more wastin' time, you can't wait for life, which is wastin' time, where's the finish line" -- flow in a deliberate, orderly fashion and provide a unique jazz groove, which creates a nice contrast to the emphatic, passionate chorus.

It's obvious that West is getting a lot of vocal help here from his techno voice tuning engineering effects. And that's OK. He never claimed to be a singer, and as long as the results end up sounding good, who is it hurting? At its best, this single is a raw, daring venture for the rapper ... but for some fans, it may also be evidence of why West should stick to rapping.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how and why a music artist changes genres. West is famous for being a rapper -- so why do you think he chose to sing on this single rather than rap? Do you think artists should stick to what they already do well, or do you like hearing your favorite entertainers try new things? Is there something you've never done that you'd like to try?

Music details

Artist:Kanye West
Release date:September 18, 2008
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old Written byyoyobaby December 23, 2009


i hate songs just like this one all it does is repeat itself over and over its good with not cursing and all it just sucks

Teen, 15 years old Written byirene_lol November 17, 2008


Nice but I prefer Stronger.

Kid, 10 years old Written bySpudzilla August 22, 2009

great song

I LUV this song.....But not some of the other onez!


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