A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Drake's dance floor ballad is a smooth, funky departure from the bombastic and explicit hip-hop he has been releasing of late. Seductive crooning replaces monotonous rapping, and the result is a groovy, cheesy, and infectious pop gem. There's some innuendo but no graphic language or descriptions.
What's the story?
"HOLD ON, WE'RE GOING HOME" is the first official single from Canadian rapper/singer Drake's forthcoming studio album Nothing Was The Same. Featuring a collaboration with Majid Jordan (a band signed to Drake's OVO label) and produced by 40, the track is, according to Drake, an attempt at "channeling our Quincy Jones/Michael Jackson production duo."
Is it any good?
Harkening back to the R&B of the '80s and '90s, Drake builds upon a winning formula well-established by people like R. Kelly and Mariah Carey. A slow disco beat sustains the groove while vocal runs and hollow synthesizers fill out the melody. The lyrics aren't profound, but they are universal and catchy. Drake fans and kids who like to dance to sentimental R&B are sure to love this tune.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Drake's style. He has consistently switched between rapping and singing throughout his career. Why do you think this hybrid style has resonated so deeply with modern audiences?
Many of the biggest hits of 2013, such as Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," have been crafted in a disco-soul style reminiscent of artists like Marvin Gaye and Rick James. What's the reason for this funk revival?