"I Can Transform Ya" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Materialistic lyrics mar R&B song's contagious sound.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 12 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The message here is all about appealing to a girl by giving her material things -- the wrong message to be sending kids about how to establish relationships.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Since his violent behavior toward Rihanna, Brown has publicly apologized and continues to try to clean up his act. Yet in light of the seriousness of his offense, it's hard to envision him as a role model for the foreseeable future.


A couple of sexual allusions, such as "Then I gotta rip off your dress."


A smattering of product names, including Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Ducati, Bugatti, and Range Rover.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One reference to drinking "Ciroc [a brand-name vodka] and lime."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that  this combo rap-R&B song by Chris Brown offers lots of references to girls and material goods, but it doesn't incorporate profane language or graphic descriptions of sex, drinking/drugs, and violence. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJulia from Sweden December 19, 2010

Judge for yourselves, I don't like it

Very commercial and capitalistic, also a bit sexist. Decent beat. Chris is a good singer, but this song is not very good.

"Seen her naked" off Chris... Continue reading
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byohya August 7, 2010
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018
Teen, 15 years old Written byfree_weezy June 16, 2011

Listen . Maybe you will like it ...

Kk well it really your opinion.. Dont listen to people when they sayin its absolutely horrible cause other people might not think thatt . LISTEN TO THE SONG ! t... Continue reading

What's the story?

R&B singer Chris Brown picked an interesting title for his new single I CAN TRANSFORM YA -- since Brown's in need of a little transformation himself following his aggressive actions toward former girlfriend Rihanna. The first song off his forthcoming album called Graffiti, "I Can Transform Ya" refers to Brown's offer to change a girl from the "old you" into someone presumably better, plying her with "shoes, bags, cars, and money." Brown steers clear of offensive language and seems to have selfless motives, claiming, "Anything ya want, I can get it for ya / You're my baby girl, shoulda known I did it for ya." But the overarching message that material things drastically improve life is a vapid one for kids.

Is it any good?

A killer synth-guitar hook (compliments of producer Swizz Beatz) dominates "I Can Transform Ya," serving as the backdrop for performances by both Brown and his guest artist, the rapper Lil' Wayne. Though Wayne delivers solid rhymes in his sections, it's Brown who steals the show with his stand-out vocals.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Chris Brown's attempted comeback. What are some of the challenges that he faces as he attempts to move forward with his career after the incident with Rihanna?

  • What can Brown do to try to atone for his past?

  • For more on the topic, check out our discussion on the incident between Chris Brown and Rihanna.

Music details

  • Artist: Chris Brown
  • Release date: November 8, 2009
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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