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"Carry Out" (single featuring Justin Timberlake)

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Sexist but not graphic tune is OK for older teens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The song includes some eyebrow-raising references to sex and compares sex to fast food, objectifying women in the process.

Positive role models

Both Timbaland and Justin Timberlake have achieved mega-star status, yet each has maintained a relatively drama-free lifestyle.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Nothing too graphic, but some heavily suggestive lines, like "I'm a touch you in all the right areas," "I can tell the way you like it baby, super size," and "If there's room for dessert, then I want a piece."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Mentions IHOP, as well as some classic McDonald's ad lines like "have it your way."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that though the single includes some not-so-subtle references to sex as well as a sexist message comparing a woman's body to fast food, it doesn't contain profanity or anything too explicit in the way of sexual descriptions. While the song is out of young kids' league, it's OK for older teens.

What's the story?

CARRY OUT is one of the singles off of Shock Value II, the latest album from uber-producer Timbaland. In this song, Timbaland collaborates with scorching-hot singer Justin Timberlake, with the two switching off vocal duties in these lyrics about a hot girl who has a body like a take-out restaurant: "take my order 'cause your body like a carry out." Some of the lines are questionable; for example, "I have you open all night like an IHOP." But for the most part, these lyrics -- which are free of profanity and explicit content -- come across as more amusing than offensive.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

When you mix an awesome producer with a killer vocalist, you're bound to get a great result, and "Carry Out" is the proof. Timbaland has long been lauded for his gift of enhancing an artist's gifts, which he does in this single by infusing it with an absolutely infectious beat and a super funky bass line -- ideal complements to Timberlake's R&B-oriented style. The Manon Dave remix of the song is even more addictive than the original version that appears on the album. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Timbaland has built a career on collaborating with some of the hottest young artists around, like Justin Timberlake. Why might Timberlake, Drake, Katy Perry, and so many others choose to work with Timbaland?

  • What does Timbaland himself get out of these deals?

Music details

Artist:Timbaland
Release date:March 10, 2010
Type:Single
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:R&B
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written byRosebud95 August 14, 2012

Maybe awkward for teen girls (maybe just me)

It's kinda catchy, abeilt repetitive, and it's kinda sexist. I give it 3 stars because of the semi-sexist messages. Sex: some innuendos and 'foreplay' is said
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 15 years old Written byxaltrockgirlx September 18, 2011

May say something about American culture when we compare women to fast food

This song is incredibly catchy, and J.T.'s vocals are as smooth as always, but females may feel objectified. If you're that kind of person, don't listen to it. It's a guilty pleasure for me as a girl, so I wouldn't say it has the best messages... but the beat is so good!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Teen, 15 years old Written byskull5 October 27, 2010

radical song

radical song
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models