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"Boom Boom Pow" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Boom Boom Pow" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Hip-hop quartet tones down the sex and partying.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 96 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Nothing other than the word s--t, but the band repeats it throughout the entire song.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, aside from the word "s--t" appearing throughout the song, the lyrics to this tune are fairly innocuous overall. The sex and partying themes that pervaded the group's last record have been replaced by some light bravado that lacks the seriously aggressive tone of many other hip-hop songs.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAllie Pierson March 11, 2013
Parent of a 14 year old Written byTheGman447 January 12, 2011


Common Sense says this is really okay, but it has too many swears for 10 and up! there is no edited version except for the video because this song nor the album... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byabbacus June 1, 2012

Really good!

I like the song. If only "sh-t" wasn't repeated through the whole song. That just ruins the enjoyment of listening.
Kid, 8 years old September 3, 2011

I Love This Song

I love this song! There's nothing you should matter about, except for Fergie saying s--t during the whole song. Just buy the clean version!

What's the story?

BOOM BOOM POW is the first single in four years from the Black Eyed Peas, the hip-hop quartet whose two more famous members -- Fergie and Will.i.am -- have been concentrating on solo projects during the break. The band's now come back together to record the full-length record, The E.N.D. ("Energy Never Dies"), from which this song stems. Unlike the lyrics in the group's last record, Monkey Business, the lines in this track don't include explicit references to sex and partying; rather, these lyrics are largely harmless bluster about how great the Peas are: "Them chickens jackin' my style / They try to copy my swagger … / I'm so 3008 / You so 2000 and late."

Is it any good?

The Peas' traditional division of labor is back in "Boom Boom Pow," with the guys lending most of the rhymes and Fergie adding her combo rap-singing routine. The sound itself, however, marks a departure from the pop-infused hip-hop tone of the band's previous releases. Instead, this single has a distinctly electronic feel, with heavy synth-beats and lots of vocoder distorting the vocals. Combined with the fairly clean, repetitious lyrics, the overall effect is appealing, if not earth-shattering.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what's really behind bragging. When someone talks about how great they are, could they actually be covering up insecurity? Do the actions of truly exceptional people speak louder than their words?

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