"Give Me Everything" (CD Single)

 
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Rap tune isn't graphic but celebrates one-night stands.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though the song includes one positive line about turning your life around ("Took my life from negative to positive"), it also talks about throwing caution to the wind by having a one-night stand.

Positive role models

Having a casual sexual encounter with someone you don't know isn't the best example for kids...

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Nothing too graphic, but talks in general about a one-night stand: "Give me everything tonight / For all we know we might not get tomorrow / Let's do it tonight."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Mentions Lindsay Lohan, Kodak, Prius, Macy's, Ryan Seacrest.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One line about "I might drink a little bit more than I should tonight."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Give Me Everything" is a song that celebrates one-night stands. While the track doesn't include profanity or graphic sexual references, it makes it seem acceptable to "drink a little bit more than [you] should," meet a stranger in the club, and take that person home for the night. For example, "I can make you feel right baby  / I can’t promise tomorrow, but I promise tonight." It's an irresponsible message for impressionable young tweens and teens in the process of figuring out sexual boundaries.

What's the story?

GIVE ME EVERYTHING is a single by Latin rapper Pitbull, who gets an assist from silky-voiced singer Ne-Yo. Though the track steers clear of graphic language or explicit sexual descriptions, it does revolve around a mature theme: meeting someone in club and having a one-night stand with that person. The glorification of this irresponsible behavior makes the song the wrong choice for younger audiences who are still trying to figure out how healthy romantic relationships work.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While the formulaic dance beat of "Give Me Everything" is nothing new, the distinct musical styles of both Pitbull and Ne-Yo help to distinguish the song from the pack. As always, Pitbull's Latin-infused rhyming is a refreshing departure from the typical rap sound; juxtaposed against Ne-Yo's lofty singing style, the combination does a good job of keeping you listening for what comes next.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the potential repercussions of engaging in sexual activity with someone you've just met. What are the physical and emotional consequences?

  • Why are there so many songs about one-night stands? Why do these tunes tend to glamorize the arrangement?

Music details

Artist:Pitbull
Release date:March 30, 2011
Label:J Records
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old June 10, 2011
 

Good Song, Review a Little Ridiculus

I think this is a really good song... but it's not okay for kids under eleven, NO YOUNGER THAN TEN. But it may not be appropriate for some kids aged 11-12... it depends on the person. But it's a little ridiculus, because you don't listen to the song for the message. It's to dance. Really? I mean the review...
Kid, 10 years old July 29, 2013
 

Good

The song is very catchy but contains lots of sex and in the music video some people are drinking, but overall the songs great.
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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 27, 2012
 

Really good!

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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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