A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Gentleman" is a single by K-pop sensation Psy, whose song "Gangnam Style" became the first YouTube video to reach 1 billion views. "Gentleman" has also broken multiple YouTube records, including the most views in 24 hours and the fastest music video to reach 100 million views. "Gentleman" finds Psy gleefully singing over a thumping electro beat about his party-hard lifestyle, and the lyrics are sexually charged and suggestive. The music video is an over-the-top parody of just how "un-gentlemanly" Psy can be, as he ridicules women, taunts children, and acts inappropriately to everyone he encounters -- until he meets his match in a female who serves his kind of behavior right back to him.
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What's the story?
Riding high off the global success of \"Gangnam Style\", K-pop sensation Psy embraces a lavish and outlandish lifestyle in \"GENTLEMAN.\" He seems intent on promoting himself as an obnoxious, sneering jokester, out to ridicule everyone he meets, including women he's presumably interested in. Psy sings suggestively about a sexy woman and his love of partying over a thumping house beat, with the \"I'm a mother-father-gentleman\" chorus up for interpretation. Though much of the song is in Korean, Psy sings a few choice phrases in English, and those coupled with his ridiculous antics in the video make listeners understand that being a gentleman is actually the last thing on his mind.
Is it any good?
It's hard to deny the infectious energy of "Gentleman," and Psy unleashes here the same gleeful enthusiasm that made "Gangnam Style" a global phenomenon. The house beat and synthesized sound may be common among dance music, but the electro-pop hook of "Gentleman" is instantly catchy and distinctive. This song will no doubt be a popular mainstay in clubs around the globe.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can discuss Psy's use of parody. Why did he name the song "Gentleman"? Discuss how his over-the-top behavior in the video acts as the antithesis to the song's title.
How does Psy's massive popularity speak to the shifting paradigm in the music industry? Discuss how artists today are reaching new audiences through digital media. Do you think Psy will prove to be an enduring artist?
Why do you think Psy chose to sing a few select lyrics in English? Check out the English interpretation of "Gentleman." Do you like the song more or less now that you understand what he's singing about?