A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor)" is nowhere near as graphic as some rap songs -- but it's far from squeaky-clean. While it avoids profanity or especially graphic references to sex, the tune rides right up to the maturity line at times, placing it beyond the reach of younger ears.
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What's the story?
HEY BABY (DROP IT TO THE FLOOR) is a collaboration between the king of Latin rap, Pitbull, and Florida-born T-Pain. The song's story revolves around a dance-floor duo whose moves get pretty hot and heavy. For example: "Givin' it you all when you’re dancin' on me / I wanna see if you give me some more." Though there's no swearing or explicit references to sex in this single, it's still suggestive enough to make it too mature for younger tweens.
Is it any good?
"Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor)" would be at home in any club rotation, with a rapid-fire beat that keeps your feet moving. That said, its fairly formulaic sound -- Auto-Tune-infused vocals from T-Pain, solid if not spectacular rapping from Pitbull -- doesn't make it a stand out among other dance tracks.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Pitbull's Latin-inspired style complements T-Pain's sound. Do the different styles mesh well together?
What about Pitbull's approach makes his music sound distinctly Latin? How does T-Pain's performance differ -- or sound similar?
What other musical styles work well together when combined in the same song?
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