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"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" (CD single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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?