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