A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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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.
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