Because of You

Common Sense Media says

Soulful, sensitive, and sexy. Did we mention sexy?





What parents need to know

Positive messages

All over the road with occasional sexist imagery among all the sexy imagery; in between adoring-boyfriend stuff.


He's a lover, not a fighter.


Innuendo stops just short of explicit on a few songs ("I wanna 'pologize/For bein' blessed with the ability to satisfy accurately/And quickly find the spot"); Ne-Yo has one of the sexiest voices in contemporary R&B.

Not applicable

Mentions Bluetooth once.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple of references to drinking. Talks about addiction -- to love.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even though Ne-Yo keeps it clean on most of the CD's tracks, he also sprinkles in some very sexy talk, stopping just short of "yikes!": "I wanna 'pologize/For bein' blessed with the ability to satisfy accurately/And quickly find the spot." It's also true, though, that he can't help sounding sexy -- his voice is so gorgeous that he could make singing the phone book appealing.

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What's the story?

Ne-Yo's sophomore effort, BECAUSE OF YOU, runs the emotional gamut -- from sexy and wistful to sexy and playful, but mostly just sexy ("It's not as if I'm not totally aware/That you want my hands right here and my mouth right there/Girl don't play shy, show me how bold you can be/Open your mouth and tell me where you want me" on "Say It"). The absolute high point is "Leaving Tonight," a lovers' quarrel duet with Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls).There's palpable chemistry as their amazing voices intertwine -- dramatic and intense without ever going over the top.

Is it any good?


Because of You is an impressive collection of soulful, exquisitely performed songs. The instrumental tracks are all tasteful and appropriate, with enough musical surprises to keep things intriguing. The CD is proof positive that, without a doubt, Ne-Yo has a rightful place on center stage. Already acknowledged as an excellent songwriter whose songs have become hits for many contemporary R&B stars, Ne-Yo can now be recognized as a consummate vocalist and performer.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about using explicit lyrics to get your point across. Do you think Ne-Yo has to use graphic lyrics to say what he needs to say? Can he tone it down and still make an impact? How does his sex talk reflect how he feels about women?

Music details

Release date:April 24, 2007
Label:Def Jam
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 9 years old August 19, 2009

Just Great

I love this song its great!! Ne-yo is one of my favorites :-)
What other families should know
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written bybeth_hottie April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Teen, 16 years old Written by*sour candie* April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

A must-read book for evry 8 year old.

I think that he is a good perso so keep doin your thang mr.Ne-yo


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