"How Low" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Not graphic, but lots of not-so-subtle messages about sex.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 10 reviews

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Positive Messages

Though the message isn't necessarily negative, it's definitely mature: women should "go low" on the dance floor and, by implication, in the bedroom.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Compared to many of his hip-hop counterparts, Ludacris lives an upstanding life. He's kept his scuffles to a minimum, has achieved success as both a musician and a movie actor, and established his own charitable foundation supporting students in the creative arts.


There's nothing overtly explicit about sex here, but the allusion is unmistakable. For example: "She could go lower than I ever really thought she could / face down, ass up!"


"Ass" and "booty" are as bad as it gets.


Mentions a Lamborghini.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the single "HOW LOW" has multiple meanings. The words could describe dancing (getting low to the dance floor), or various sexual situations. Though the lyrics don't include hardcore swearing -- "ass" and "booty" are as bad as it gets -- their underlying message is all about sex.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 13-year-old Written byohya August 7, 2010
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan May 19, 2018

Great song, but not for kids or younger teens

I think this is a great song. But it is still best for older teens. There are some moderate sexual lyrics (nothing explicit), as well as one reference to partia... Continue reading

What's the story?

Fans of southern hip-hop artist Ludacris have waited three years for his latest single, "HOW LOW" (the first off his forthcoming full-length album that still doesn't have a solid release date). With its not-so-subtle messages about sex, the song marks the rapper's return to the seedier side of the entertainment business, after having spent the last few years making a name for himself as a mainstream movie star in films like Crash and Hustle and Flow. Though "How Low" veils its sex talk in references to dancing and doesn't include any super graphic language, the track is mature enough to earn it a Parental Advisory warning.

Is it any good?

If you don't mind the Chipmunks, you'll love "How Low," since the tune's hook revolves around a chipmunk-like squeak. The unusual angle definitely grabs your attention but gets annoying after the first few lines. Better by far are Ludacris' rhymes, which he delivers in a rich, solid tone that makes their delivery that much stronger. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether an artist like Ludacris can be successful in straddling two worlds: hardcore hip-hop and mainstream entertainment.   

  • With songs like "How Low," Ludacris tries to fit in with extreme

  • artists like Lil' Wayne, who include tons of adult content in their

  • songs, and more mainstream musicians, who leave out the foul language in

  • favor of reaching a wider audience. Does Ludacris try to do too much? Should he

  • choose one path or another?  

Music details

  • Artist: Ludacris
  • Release date: December 21, 2009
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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