A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Down on Me" is a pretty risque song, with several references to drinking, a little profanity, and some seriously steamy allusions to sex, like "girl, all I really want is you down on me, put it down on me." While it's not the worst among all the mature R&B and rap songs out there, the tune is still too mature for tweens and young teens.
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
DOWN ON ME is a single by R&B newcomer Jeremih, with a very special guest -- rap mogul 50 Cent. The tune primarily talks about two things: drinking and sex. Though these two things aren't necessarily negative, the artists sing about them in excessive, irresponsible contexts; for example, "let's just go and take nine shots, we'll call it fifty ... she rock her hips, then roll her hips, then drop it down like it's nothing." Combined with some profanity, these song traits make the tune too mature for kids.
Is it any good?
Many of 50 Cent's world-famous beats are at once smooth and mellow, yet also driving and hypnotic. His influence is evident in "Down on Me," which includes a contagiously slick beat backing Jeremih's strong R&B pipes. It's too bad the Auto-Tune is used so liberally here, since it's not needed.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how drinking to excess can lead to irresponsible behaviors, like casual sex. What are some of the dangers involved in both getting drunk and engaging in promiscuous behaviors?
Do songs like this make it seem cool and acceptable to act irresponsibly? Why?