"Don't Trust Me" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Eccentric hip-hop duo lashes out at women in R-rated tune.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 39 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Refers to women as "hos."

Violence
Sex

An offensive reference to Helen Keller when describing a sex act: "I said shush girl, shut your lips / Do the Helen Keller and talk with your hips."

Language

One f-bomb.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mention of smoking and drinking at a club. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this track earns its parental advisory label, with the group giving a pretty caustic account of a guy who's upset that his girl refuses his desires. The edited version of the song isn't much different, simply bleeping out f--k but retaining all the references to hos, cigarettes, and the like.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byohya August 13, 2010
PG-13 level song. explicit because of sexual references and a couple of uses of hoes,one f--king and mil alcohol reference.
Parent of a 12-year-old Written bytealsweety July 16, 2009
Teen, 16 years old Written bylmtrav February 3, 2012

Listen to the clean version

This song does have a clean version that cuts out all the bad language and some of the explicit parts that makes it more appropriate for younger kids. However,... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old July 7, 2011

Its Okay

I Was Into This Song When I Started To Get Out of It, It Is Okay. The Language is pretty Offensive.

What's the story?

The uniquely named hip-hop duo 3OH!3 (pronounced "three oh three") is unconventional in more ways than one. For example, frenetic members Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte frequently don theme-park-style costumes (think a giant Winnie the Pooh) and perform skits during their shows. However, the lyrics of the group's breakout single, DON'T TRUST ME, reveal the same relationship insecurities experienced by many other young adults. These lyrics lash out at the object of the jilted singer's affections, painting an unflattering portrait of a girl whom we find out has rejected the guy singing about her: "Don't trust a ho, never trust a ho / Won't trust a ho, 'cause the ho won't trust me."

Is it any good?

Though 3OH!3's music is often classified as hip-hop, this is not your typical hip-hop song. The guys deliver their lines in a half-rap, half-singing style over a backdrop that's closer to electronic pop than hip-hop. The end result -- which is reminiscent of the Black Eyed Peas' rap-singing combo -- is somewhat catchy, if not truly groundbreaking.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact that lyrics may have in the real world. Does hearing a male artist refer to a girl in his song as a "ho" make fans of the tune feel they can do the same in their own lives? On the flip side, are artists who advocate mutual respect among people effectively encouraging similar attitudes in their fans? Learn how to decode music and lyrics.

Music details

  • Artist: 3OH!3
  • Release date: July 8, 2008
  • Label: Photo Finish Records
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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