"D.J. Got Us Fallin' in Love" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"D.J. Got Us Fallin' in Love" (CD single) Music Poster Image
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Slick dance club tune is mature but not explicit.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 34 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The general message here -- about cutting loose after a long day at work and connecting with an attractive person on a dance floor -- is more mature than negative.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Once again, Usher keeps his music clean, showing his tendency to steer clear of the more mature stuff in favor of music with mass appeal.

Violence
Sex

Some subtly suggestive lyrics, like "put your hands on my body."

Language

Uses the f-word one time, but it's bleeped out.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mentions "keep downing drinks like there's no tomorrow."

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDrDreVEVO April 16, 2011

Ok for 10 year olds or older

The positve messages are that after a long day it's alrigth to kick back and relax . Usher is a good role modle beacause Usher keeps his music clean. And i... Continue reading
Adult Written by90210fan February 2, 2011

bad song

Hate it annoying
Teen, 15 years old Written byLoranikas303 October 6, 2020
I liked the “bruh” version as well!
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat October 4, 2020

13+? Are you kidding me Common Sense?

I think this is one of Usher’s best songs. I would not shelter a kid from it. I think the song “Yeah” is kinda annoying but, really good nonetheless. The music... Continue reading

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?

Music details

  • Artist: Usher
  • Release date: July 7, 2010
  • Type: Single
  • Label: La Face
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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