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 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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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.