Dutty Rock

Music review by
Cynthea Riesenberg, Common Sense Media
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Raw content, great beats; proceed with caution.

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

Positive Messages

High on Sean Paul's lyrical to-do list are wine (or drugs), women (or sex), and song (preferably dancehall).


In "Like Glue," Sean Paul sings about "shagging" everyone from virgins to prostitutes. "Get Busy" exhorts, "Sexy ladies want par with us/in a the car with us/It's all good girl turn me on/Til a early morn'."


Several tracks in the explicit version of the album include the "N" word ("Top Of The Game;" the Busta Rhymes remix of "Gimme The Light;" "Esa Loca," featuring Tony Touch & R.O.B.B.). Profuse drug-related and sexual content also justify the parental advisory.


Brand names are not referenced.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In "Police Skit," Sean Paul gets busted for weed. "Ganja Weed" is self-explanatory. Numerous other tracks describe drinking and drugs, though the lyrics can be difficult to understand.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sean Paul is hot and your kids are going to listen to him with or without your blessing, with the help of their friends. This CD is available in explicit and edited versions -- not that editing does much. This is one case where you really might want to go to Lyrics.com and look at what he's saying so you can decide a) if you are okay with your kid listening and, if so, b) what your input should be on some of his messages.

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Adult Written byjclove54 April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written byvballrox014 April 9, 2008

It was a waste of time!!!

It's stupid! who wants to listen to bad music???!!! NOT ME!!!

What's the story?

DUTTY ROCK is Jamaican slang for \"Dirty Rock,\" and Sean Paul's second album fully earns that title, describing life in dancehalls smoking weed, drinking, and hitting on women. The singer even gives a nod to the Indian trend in dancehalls via up-tempo rhythms in \"Shout (Street Respect),\" and in \"Bubble,\" which features Fahrenheit and an insistent beat on the tabla drum. \"Get Busy\" uses a frantic beat to urge \"sexy ladies\" to \"oscillate you hip and don't take pity.\" In the dancehall hit \"Gimme the Light,\" he chants, \"Could I be your protector/ You buff in every sector/ Every man around them/ Want turn your inspector/ But you no let them sweat ya/ Nor grill you with no lecture/ 'Bout them power drill/ Or them fuel injector/ Them a infector disease collector.\"

Is it any good?

Paul was a songwriter before he turned singer, and his lyrics -- though at times explicit -- are amusing and delivered with stylish energy. Dancehall purists will forgive him just a few digressions (a Spanish-language version of "Punkie" for example), thanks to catchy rhythms, unforgettable hooks, and Paul's crisp delivery on the rest of the CD.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about -- in fact, should talk about -- some of the explicit lyrics.

Music details

  • Artist: Sean Paul
  • Release date: November 26, 2002
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Dancehall/Reggae
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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