"In My Head" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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R&B song isn't graphic, but still too steamy for tweens.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Though there's no explicitly irresponsible behavior in this song, it describes a guy who asks a girl to leave a club with him so he can "show [her] the ropes" in the bedroom -- sounding an awful lot like a one-night stand.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Haitian-born Derulo has donated the proceeds from a number of his concerts to the country since its massive earthquake. 


Nothing too graphic, but there's no mistaking the sexual meaning in some lines. For example, "In my head, I see you all over me ... you fulfill my fantasy ... you'll be screaming ohhhh ... in my head, it's going down."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although there's nothing too extreme in the way of language or descriptions here, the song does allude to a sexual encounter between two people who meet at a club. Its worst lyrics include "I see you all over me … you fulfill my fantasy … you'll be screaming out … get down to business and skip foreplay." 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byohya August 7, 2010
Parent of a 7-year-old Written bytdaddy June 29, 2010

questionable at best

Isn't it really about oral sex? and thus it is QUITE explicit.
Kid, 10 years old February 12, 2012
Kid, 10 years old October 14, 2011

What's Going On In My Head? Find Out Here.

I think it's good for 11+. I listen to the song, and I think it's a little disgusting in the chorus. I just like the beat. Boy, my friend was right. I... Continue reading

What's the story?

IN MY HEAD is the second single from Jason Derulo, protégé of American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi. Along with his debut song, "Whatcha Say," the new track is slated to appear on Derulo's first full-length album later this year. As in his earlier single, romance is once again on the table in this tune -- only this time, things are heating up instead of cooling off. After spotting a hot girl on the dance floor, Derulo dreams up a scenario in his mind where he gives the girl some lessons in love. While Derulo's fantasy is fairly tame, with the most graphic lines being "I see you all over me … you'll be screaming out … get down to business and skip foreplay," its obvious allusions to sex are too mature for the youngest ears.

Is it any good?

It's hard not to compare Jason Derulo to Chris Brown, the other young male R&B singer on the scene with a similar look and sound. Though Derulo certainly scores more points on a personal level (Brown recently attacked his former girlfriend and fellow singer Rihanna), his skills aren't quite on a par with Brown's. Song for song, Derulo's somewhat mundane "In My Head" is less creative than tracks like "Wait" and "I Can Transform Ya" off Brown's recent record, Graffiti. Whether Derulo's full-length CD includes more appealing tunes remains to be seen.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how well-known musicians can help when it comes to hard times like the Haitian earthquake.

  • In the event of a disaster like the one in Haiti, should artists donate their time, their money, or both? What can star-power do to convince others that they should get involved, too? 

Music details

  • Artist: Jason Derulo
  • Release date: January 18, 2010
  • Label: Warner Brothers
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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