"E.T." (CD single)

 
Katy and Kanye pair up for steamy song about sex.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This song's message about sexual encounters isn't exactly positive or negative -- just mature.

Positive role models

There's nothing overwhelmingly positive or negative about these behaviors, which are too mature for young kids to engage in.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some pretty heavy references to sex, such as "Im'a disrobe you / Then Im'a probe you."

Language

A bleeped-out "f--k."

Consumerism

Mentions Prada.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Talks about "getting stupid" at a bar.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "E.T." is a heavily suggestive song about sex. Though it doesn't feature any swearing or super-graphic sexual references, it toes right up to the line at times, with lyrics like "infect me with your love, and fill me with your poison." Overall, this tune about adult sexual behavior is too mature for younger kids.

What's the story?

Originally appearing on her album Teenage Dream, "E.T." is a single by singer Katy Perry that has been remixed with rapper Kanye West. The song focuses on one topic -- sex -- with both artists singing and rhyming about how the object of their affection is "from a whole other world, a different dimension." Strongly suggestive at times, the tune strays away from overt sexual references but is still too mature for younger ears.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While the original version of this methodical tune lacked some pizazz, the addition of West gives the song a welcome punch. Alternating between Perry's powerful vocals and Yeezy's saucy rapping style, the song lodges itself in your thoughts like only a memorable track will. Still, this one is best left for teens and adults.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether it was a good choice for Katy Perry to remix this song with Kanye West. Why do you think she did?

  • Do Katy and Kanye's musical styles mesh well? Is the remix better or worse than the original, which featured Katy by herself?

Music details

Artists:Kanye West, Katy Perry
Release date:February 16, 2011
Label:Capitol
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old February 1, 2015
age 12+
 

Good but not great at all

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educator and Parent Written byJared Galczynski May 27, 2014
age 2+
 

I'm gonna disrobe you, Common Sense Media.

Katy & Kanye don't sing about sex! Not once, not ever!
What other families should know
Educational value
Teen, 14 years old Written bybrandonneo6425 July 17, 2013
age 12+
 

Good song

A good song,with a super trippy music video. All in all a good song,some sex talk. On for 12+
What other families should know
Too much sex

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