A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this single is a lot like other Usher tunes in that it's more subtly suggestive than overtly explicit. The song includes a bleeped-out f-word, talks about dancing close, and makes one mention of "downing drinks" -- but that's as bad as it gets. Though it's too adult for young children, the tune is OK for teens and up.
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What's the story?
Smooth R&B crooner Usher has teamed up with rapper Pitbull in "DJ GOT US FALLING IN LOVE," a single about falling for a girl seen dancing in a club. While the addition of Pitbull was a slightly edgy choice for the fairly tame Usher, this tune itself is still pretty clean overall. As usual, Usher automatically bleeps out the swear words and doesn't get too graphic in his descriptions of sex or substance use (though he does mention both). In the end, these references make the track too mature for younger kids but an acceptable choice for older teens.
Is it any good?
"DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" marks a slight musical departure for Usher, with a hook that's more dance-infused than his traditional R&B style. The angle makes sense in a song that's all about the dance club, and the combo of Usher's slick vocals, Pitbull's rhymes, and the synth beats make this song stand out among the massive crowd of dance club tunes out there.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether it works for a less explicit musician like Usher to partner with a more risque artist like Pitbull. Do either of them compromise the styles that made them famous in a way that makes them less appealing?
Which other artists could you see successfully pairing with Usher or Pitbull to create a hit song?