"Down" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Frothy hip-hop dance track is catchy and clean.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 28 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

Jay Sean appears to focus on monogamy rather than bragging about his "playa" status. "So baby don't worry, you are my only, you won't be lonely, even if the sky is falling down."

Positive role models & representations

Surprisingly even Lil' Wayne speaks respectfully on this song that sees both artists longing to be committed to their someone special. There is however one mention to partying and "losing control."


Flirtatious lyrics mainly focus on Jay Sean convincing someone to commit to him, with mainly mild lyrics like "come on and bring your body next to me."

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that even though hardcore rapper Lil Wayne is featured on this single, there isn't anything objectionable -- not even a drop of profanity. The song discusses convincing a woman to commit to a relationship, but this is done with light metaphors, instead of strong-arming seduction. For kids, that means a sensuous song that doesn't get very specific.

User Reviews

Parent of a 13 year old Written byohya August 6, 2010
Parent of a 17 year old Written bychloe.roders April 11, 2010
Teen, 17 years old Written byUnicornOnFire November 21, 2013


It's so generic. And Lil Wayne sounds awful.
Kid, 9 years old November 29, 2009

i hate it.

i hate it.it is so annoying.i youstu like it now i don't.it is so played out.they play it so much on the radio,so it turns out to be very annoying.plus som... Continue reading

What's the story?

If you haven't heard of Jay Sean before, let DOWN be your introduction. It's full of the pop/hip-hop sounds that have made this British singer/songwriter popular in his native UK. Having joined the same label as Lil Wayne, it makes sense to see the raunchy rapper appear on Jay Sean's American debut single. Offering one verse to the dance groove, Lil Wayne keeps things radio and kid-friendly.

Is it any good?

Although he's from Britain and boasts South Asian roots, Jay Sean seems deeply immersed in the sound of current US hip-hop. Full of electronically-produced harmonies and synthesizing, this single is made for the dance floor. It's not groundbreaking and not very original, but the song does offer up great head-bobbing beats and a melody that will keep you humming "Down, down, down, down, down" long after the song is over.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about artists who are known for their racy lyrics. Do you think it is a good move for R-rated rappers like Lil Wayne to guest star in songs like this? Does doing so introduce them to a younger audience? Is that a good thing or bad?

  • Jay Sean is a British pop singer with Asian roots, specifically Punjabi. What do you think of hip-hop artists who originate from different parts of the world? Do you think they are adding new sounds to American music or trying to imitate a U.S. sound?

  • What do you think about singers using Auto-tune? Rappers have primarily used the technology, but should artist who are supposed to know how to sing use the harmony techniques as well? 

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