A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that they should look for the clean version of this song, because the unedited release is too much for kids. Even though the song is topping the charts and can be heard all around TV and radio, don't assume it's perfectly safe. There are a handful of four-letter words here, as well as a few over-the-top sexual references. Also, take note that the music video features lots of Fergie's lower half in a futuristic leotard.
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What's the story?
"IMMA BE" is one of the numerous successful tracks off of The Black Eyed Peas' 2009 release The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies). It finds the pop/hip-hop group dishing out what makes them great and how much cooler they're going to be. The video is an epic (nearly 10 minute) sci-fi production that's not to be overlooked, although parents should be aware that it features lots of Fergie's lower half in a futuristic leotard.
Is it any good?
This the Black Eyed Peas doing what they do best: mixing hot dance beats with loopy, irreverent rhymes. Although far from the best single off of their hit album, this song does deliver a great hook that's hard to shake. You'll be sure to be singing "Imma be, Imma be" for many hours after listening to this track. And there are worse songs to have stuck in your head. Staccato beats along with futuristic audio effects make the song pleasantly modern. Just make sure to get the edited version since the original one is filled with profanity and sexual references.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about popular music. Just because a song is a Top 10 download and is being used in commercials and on TV, does it mean that it's safe to listen to?
Talk about edited versus explicit versions of songs and albums. Are you allowed to download "clean" versions of iffy music? Is there a stigma to listening to the edited versions of popular music?
Talk about bragging in music. Is it good to be a bragger, or can that get old with friends? What's the difference between being confident and being cocky?