"American Boy" (CD single)

 
UK singer celebrates U.S. men in fun, flirty hit.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lots of frivolous flirting. Promotoes female assertiveness.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

The singer talks about showing a man her bedroom and about liking what's underneath his pants.

Language

Kayne West's featured rap includes the line "most of the press don't f--k with me," but the expletive is deleted from many versions. West also says "hell" in one line.

Consumerism

West raps about designer clothes and other "bling" symbols.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are only a few iffy things for kids in this song. Kayne West's rap portion includes a single expletive ("f--k"), and the song is all about being attracted to "American boys." Although there are a few sexual references, the song is fairly mild and ultimately promotes female assertiveness and control, even if it's in regard to hooking up with someone.

What's the story?

British rapper/singer/producer Estelle was virtually unknown in the United States before the release of this song. But with a little help from Kanye West, "American Boy" has proven to be her breakout single. The song is a lyrical tour of the United States, exploring the similarities and differences between America and the UK in the context of Estelle's admiration of U.S. guys.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

In the grand tradition of The Beach Boys' "California Girls" -- which equated geography with sexuality -- in AMERICAN BOY, Estelle creates a love song for the U.S. male population. The dance-inspiring track grooves with her seductive, spoken word-like vocals, followed by West's cool raps. The two complement each other nicely, and it's hard not to get caught up in the song's fun, funky vibe. Estelle's proper British style adds an elegant flavor that's often lacking from American singers' work.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how pop and hip-hop music differ in the United States and the United Kingdom. How do Estelle's British roots influence the sound of her music? Do you think audiences in Great Britain and America like the same type of music? Why are some musicians big hits in one country but not the other? Check out the pop charts of other countries to see how many artists you recognize.

Music details

Artist:Estelle
Release date:March 28, 2008
Label:Atlantic
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 11 years old January 2, 2011
age 8+
 
This is a good song for the mature crowds.They talk about sex and being naked and a lot of cursing. My mom hates this song because of the references, my dad does because of the rapping and my friend like it because they are immature and inappropriate. DON'T LISTEN TO THIS SONG.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written bycheer15 September 8, 2009
age 13+
 
love it but not to much.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byjakek6 August 24, 2009
age 13+
 

Good for 13 and up.

GREAT SONG!! the only concerns are that she says "dont like his baggy jeans but imma like whats underneath them." which is a sexual term. there is also one use of f*** and one use of the phrase "so to h*** with all that rubish."
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Too much sex
Too much swearing

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