"I Cry" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Rapper gets emotional in upbeat dance track.

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

Positive Messages

More complex emotional messages than many rap songs, with Flo Rida describing his reactions to sorrowful situations in his own life and beyond –– though in the end, he remains optimistic.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Song is about working through adversity and still coming out optimistic on the other side.


Mentions a tragic bombing and shooting spree in Norway.


Bugatti, Rihanna, E–Class (Mercedes).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of lyrics about champagne and cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that though "I Cry" is nowhere near as graphic as many raps songs, it still contains some iffy content, including references to a mass bombing/shooting spree in Norway, drinking champagne, and the "president's cigarettes." Overall, though, the track is fine for teens.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byMerveille February 19, 2021
Teen, 14 years old Written bylafrancophile January 18, 2020

Dreamy and nostalgic

Like Avicii's Wake Me Up, this song is fun for both dancing and daydreaming and will give you fond memories of the past to cherish forever (I mean, memorie... Continue reading

What's the story?

"I CRY" is the fourth single from Wild Ones –– the fourth full–length record from rapper Flo Rida. Featuring cameos from fellow artists Cheshire and Mass, the track serves as an emotional outlet for Flo Rida, letting him vent his feelings about a range of difficult circumstances, from a tragic bombing/shooting in Norway that left 77 people dead, to the disappearance of his sister.

Is it any good?

The rapid–fire beat of this danceable track is a stark contrast to its somewhat somber lyrics. Sampling the Bingo Players' classic song "Cry (Just a Little)," the tune includes Flo Rida's signature mix of recognizable notes against his powerful vocal delivery.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to cope with tragic events, whether in your own life or the world at large. How do you feel when you see a violent story reported on the news? 

  • Name three people in your life who are always there to listen when you need to get something off your chest.

  • When you're feeling down, what are some of the things you do to cheer yourself up?


Music details

  • Artist: Flo Rida
  • Release date: October 23, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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