"Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Not graphic, but too sexual for kids and tweens.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Though these lyrics are mature in their references to sex, they don't incorporate a lot of explicit language or advocate for irresponsible, disrespectful behavior.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Usher's recent divorce may have been a bit messy, but overall, he still lives a comparatively clean life, avoiding hard partying in the media spotlight.

Violence
Sex

Some mildly risqué sex talk; for example: "And girl tonight we’re gonna do a lot of sexin' / Can't nobody do your body like this…I'm a fall back while you work that chair / Do that damn thing, let the neighbors hear."

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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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Teen, 17 years old Written byPrincess B. January 12, 2010
I lOve this CD......Expecially the song Trding places
Teen, 13 years old Written bymanay_4511 October 6, 2010

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?

Music details

  • Artist: Usher
  • Release date: December 15, 2009
  • Label: La Face
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

For kids who love smooth sounds

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