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