A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the unmistakable premise of HEY DADDY (DADDY'S HOME) is sex, making the song too mature for younger kids. Phrases such as "do a lot of sexin'" and "I'll get you hot" pepper the track. That said, the tune doesn't include swear words or extremely graphic sexual descriptions.
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What's the story?
Usher's single titled HEY DADDY (DADDY'S HOME) is the first track off of his full-length album, Raymond vs. Raymond, and the follow-up to his last single called "Papers" -- a deeply emotional track in which the singer relates the details of his less-than-amicable divorce. In "Hey Daddy," Usher appears to be back to his old, upbeat self, once again crooning about a lady who refers to him as her "daddy." Though the song is by no means as explicit as tunes by Usher's contemporaries, the overarching subject matter here -- sex -- is unmistakable. The artist describes how he and his girlfriend will be "sexin'" and seems particularly enamored of her "bottom," which he likes to see "poking up in the air." The lyrics don't get worse than this, however, making the song tame enough for older teens but still out of reach for very young ears.
Is it any good?
"Hey Daddy" is Usher at his best, combining the singer's killer vocals with lots of musical layers -- cool percussion, smooth backup vocals, and rapping by the MC known as Plies. With all of these qualities on its side, the song has much more in common with past Usher mega-hits like "Yeah!" than the super down-tempo, depressing mood in his last song, "Papers."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how to know when a song isn't right for younger children. What are the tell-tale signs -- language, subject matter, the artist's personal reputation, etc. -- of a tune that indicate it's for older audiences only?
Should some songs be off-limits for all kids of a certain age, or should individual maturity level factor into the equation?
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