"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Irresistible Latin-hip-hop hybrid is sexy but not dirty.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 14 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Mucho sexy lyrics make this single a little too hot for young ears. Lyrics range from seductive phrases like "I know you want me (want me), you know I want cha (want cha)" to more crass lines like "They let her do, everythang and anythang, hit tha thang and they love it gettin' it in, gettin' on,
all night long."


Sex-crazed female stereotypes are popular in this song and the lyrics dance around lusty women. The Spanish lyrics get a little racy, talking about a woman wanting her "toy" and having a "big mouth, so start playing." The music video for the single features lots of scantily-clad busty babes as well.


A few expletives are slurred or implied, with only this line articulated: "Mami got an ass like a donkey, with a monkey."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know this song straddles the fence between risque and OK. It doesn't have lots of the explicit language like other rap singles, but it does include some significant sexual innuendo that might or might not go over young listeners heads. The repetitive chorus is tame, but still discusses "wanting someone" and the video shows women in all kinds of objectifying ways, with breasts and butts taking center stage.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byohya August 7, 2010
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byjsharpe October 25, 2009
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan May 28, 2018

Great song, but not for kids or younger teens

I think this is a great song. But it is still best for older teens. Profanity is mild, but there are some explicit sexual references. Anyway, it's a really... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 15, 2013

The best

Its ausome, but mentions a bad word. Its also mentions some drugs

What's the story?

Watch out world, Pitbull knows you want him...and from the popularity of I KNOW YOU WANT ME (CALLE OCHO), his most successful single to date, he might be right. The Cuban-American hip hop/crunk singer raps and brags about how women desire him, and he taunts his female followers to show their love, or rather lust.

Is it any good?

Full of Spanglish and pumping beats (along with a little electronic funk thrown in for good measure) Pitbull makes it hard not to resist his lyrical seduction. With some sampling assistance from Chicago and Nicola Fasano, it's a song that instantly makes you want to get up and dance. Although the lyrics are pretty shallow and not all that creative, the fun is found in the beats and swagger of this Latin track.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how one genre of music can differ based on geographic location. Latin hip hop has many of the same qualities as its American cousin, but what makes it sound differently? What do you think of a song that uses different languages? Do you go online to translate the lyrics or doesn't it matter what those lyrics mean?

Music details

  • Artist: Pitbull
  • Release date: March 9, 2009
  • Label: Ultra
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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