"Best I Ever Had" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Hot MC uses explicit language to deliver positive message.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some pretty graphic sexual descriptions: "Get it from the back and make your f--king bra strap pop / All up in ya slot 'til a nigga hit the jackpot."

Language

Explicit version includes the word f--k throughout.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that though this track offers a positive overall message about appreciating women for who they are rather than how they dress, it still includes explicit language and vivid sexual descriptions.

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What's the story?

Proving that he's one of the hottest new names in rap, Canadian-MC Drake has attracted attention from huge music stars like Kanye West, who directed the video for Drake's single BEST I EVER HAD. In a departure from his collaboration with the rap group Young Money, which unabashedly sings about making every conquest they can, Drake rhymes about one special girl who's won him over simply by being herself: \"Sweat pants, hair tied, chillin' with no makeup on / That's when you're the prettiest.\" That said, he doesn't spare the graphic language or descriptions of their time in the bedroom: \"Put the key under the mat / And you know I'll be over there / …I'll be hittin' all the spots that you ain't even know was there.\" The song's edited version foregos much of the vulgarity.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

From its first smooth note, this track draws you in. The alluring beat is backed by soft, cymbal-laden percussion that's not quite slow-song material but makes for a mellow groove nonetheless. Drake keeps his lyrical delivery interesting by alternating between straight-up rapping and an almost sing-songy tone. The vocal performance is marred only by the ubiquitous Autotune that crops up periodically throughout the single.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why some people value appearance over character. What are the potential pitfalls of having a relationship with someone who looks great on the outside but treats others poorly? Is it possible to develop a romantic interest in someone based on his or her personality?

Music details

Artist:Drake
Release date:June 16, 2009
Type:Single
Labels:Cash Money Records, Universal
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 11 years old December 20, 2009
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Older Teens Only.Younger Teens OK

I put it 13+,becuase there is a cleaan version.Very fantastic song.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Teen, 16 years old Written bymusicalrep January 10, 2010
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

KOOLBEANZ

love the song when it came out thought the languge is alittle to hard core for my parents i love it. love the remix with raptrist Nicki Minaj eveb better :)
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old January 1, 2010
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Great Song For Teens, Tweens Iffy.

Great song from the album: So Far Gone. This single has lots of swearing so listen to the edited version. Not as good as the song:houstantlantavegas.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages

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