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



Steamier-than-usual Usher song talks about cheating.

What parents need to know

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

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

Not applicable

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."


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

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One line about drinking cognac.

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.

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. 

Families can talk 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

Release date:September 24, 2010
Label:La Face
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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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 attention to the bad words when there edited, and the editing is very sloppy.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
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 on radio. Its a dog-gone shame!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byTanked out October 7, 2010


Well I guess this team up makes sense. Both Usher and Jay-Z used to have talent and made decent music. And then they both started sucking beyond belief. So why not team up to show the world exactly how bad you can both be together?


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