"Hot Tottie" (CD single featuring Jay-Z)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Hot Tottie" (CD single featuring Jay-Z) Music Poster Image
Steamier-than-usual Usher song talks about cheating.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

With lines like "We're freakin'
/ This ain't cheatin' as long as we tell nobody," the song doesn't present a positive outlook for young kids (or adults).

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite the somewhat racier content of this particular song, Usher still lives an overall clean life both personally and professionally.

Violence
Sex

Pretty sexy, especially for an Usher song. For example: "And after she sleeped, I creeped all in her tee-pee
/ We did it Indian style."

Language

Some swear words, like the f- and s-bombs, which are bleeped out, but recognizable nevertheless.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One line about drinking cognac.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Usher ups the sexiness ante a bit here -- including a few direct references to sex. The track also mentions drinking cognac in one line and has some bleeped out (yet still recognizable) swearing, making the end result too mature for younger kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4 and 9 year old Written byVeryConcernedMom November 8, 2010

Sexual innuendo and swearing. Not for little ears.

Very bad song with lots of sexual innuendo and negativity, glorification of money, prostitution and unfaithfulness. Its shameful that they play songs like this... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byEMIN3M October 23, 2010

Ushers best song

The only concern i have is the langauge. Theres about 3 s words (two are edited) and 2 f words (both edited). But thats still bad because it actually draws more... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018

What's the story?

R&B star Usher is on the prowl in "HOT TOTTIE," a tune from his album Versus that features iconic rapper Jay-Z lending an assist with the rhymes. While Usher usually just alludes to sexual situations, he takes a different tack in this track -- offering some very direct lyrics about it: "I'm trying to get you home and get your clothes off." Known for being more risque, Jay-Z's contributions are even more explicit: "Big ballin' is my hobby." In the end, the single is too mature for younger children.

Is it any good?

"Hot Tottie" may not have many redeeming lyrical qualities, but the smooth, hypnotic beat of this track is positively addictive. Usher's pipes are fairly subdued here yet still spot-on, as usual, and Jay-Z once again delivers his rhymes with enough swagger to have earned him the nickname "King Hov" (a play on the Jay-Hova, or Jesus -- since he considers himself the savior of rap). Another highlight lies in Lil' Kim's short but sweet contribution of one chorus line. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why some partners in romantic relationships may cheat on one another.

  • Could cheating be a sign of bigger problems? If so, what might some of those problems be?

Music details

  • Artist: Usher
  • Release date: September 24, 2010
  • Label: La Face
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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