"Best I Ever Had" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Hot MC uses explicit language to deliver positive message.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 29 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

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."


Explicit version includes the word f--k throughout.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byohya August 6, 2010
Parent of a 14-year-old Written byunknownparent September 13, 2009

its good

they'll like it anyway. they go against us to make us mad. let them listen to it, but really its inappropriate for kids.
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 13, 2018
Kid, 11 years old December 26, 2010
Yeah it says that it's for ages 15 and up but face it, ALL tweens and teens listen 2 it! I put off but everyone listens 2 it so...

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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