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"How Low" (CD single)

Not graphic, but lots of not-so-subtle messages about sex.

What parents need to know

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

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.

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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
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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.

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. 

Families can talk 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

Release date:December 21, 2009
Label:Def Jam
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Parent of a 13 year old Written byohya August 7, 2010

did they forget that they say n***a in this song?

sexual song
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written bylilzo9 January 10, 2012


love it say no more.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old September 15, 2010
n---a is said
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing