A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that though much has happened to Sean Kingston since releasing his first self-titled record -- he's been the opening act for both Gwen Stefani and Beyonce on their national tours -- he remains true to his non-offensive roots on this single. Like his other tunes that came before, this song avoids explicit descriptions of sex or substances.
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What's the story?
FIRE BURNING is the hit single off the album Tomorrow, by 19-year-old rapper Kisean Anderson, a.k.a. Sean Kingston. The artist gets plenty of well-known help on his second go-'round from names like pop-punk band Good Charlotte, former Fugees member Wyclef Jean, and producer Red One, who lent the assist on this dance-infused tune about a girl who's tearing up the dance floor: "She's fire burning on the dance floor / She got that fire burning in the dance / That'll make them fella run around / No exit from the dance floor / So them boys want more."
Is it any good?
Born in the U.S. but raised primarily in Jamaica, Kingston is known for creating raps with a reggae flair, and this song is no exception. Its reggae slant helps to give the tune a somewhat distinctive sound that helps it stand out against the crowd of other similar-sounding songs played in the clubs. While this formula makes it a fun dance track, however, it's not different enough to warrant long-term appeal.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the challenges involved for an artist like Kingston who wants to create "clean" music in an industry known for the opposite. Is it possible for an artist to have a hit record if he or she doesn't follow the prescribed industry formula? What are the pros and cons of bucking industry trends?