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"Dirty Dancer" (CD Single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Dirty Dancer" isn't super mature in terms of profanity or graphic descriptions of sex and substances. But it focuses entirely on a girl who can "never get enough" casual sex -- "You'll never be her only ... No, she's never satisfied" -- with some drinking at the club thrown in. These risque themes put the song out of the league of younger children.
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What's the story?
The dance-infused single "DIRTY DANCING" combines three big names in Latin, R&B, and rap music: Enrique Iglesias, Usher, and Lil Wayne. In the song, the artists sing about a topic each knows well -- girls -- focusing on a particular one who "don't want love, she just wanna touch." Though the tune doesn't include explicit language or detailed sexual descriptions, it does feature some undeniably direct references to sex and drinking. In addition, it has an overarching message about a girl who engages in as many casual sexual encounters as she can, implying that more complex issues lie at her core. All things considered, the track is too mature for kids and tweens.
Is it any good?
"Dirty Dancer" provides more musical fodder for the clubs, with a basic synth-beat that sounds a lot like most of the other songs in rotation. The smooth harmonizing of Enrique and Usher makes the song a bit more interesting, though it still won't go down in club history as a super stand-out.
Talk to your kids about ...
While Enrique and Usher are both known for sexy yet not overly explicit lyrics, Lil Wayne's songs are as graphic as it gets. Does it help or hurt each artist to collaborate? Why?