Jason Derulo

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Hot R&B singer's CD is edgy, although not graphic.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Derulo doesn't always advocate for ideal behavior in his songs -- at times, he discusses things like sneaking around and one-night stands -- but he does attempt to balance it out with other tunes about having a happy marriage, for example.

Positive Role Models & Representations

A native of Haiti, Derulo recently donated his concert profits to earthquake victims there.

Violence
Sex

A fair amount of unmistakable allusions to sex, though nothing too graphic: "And pretty soon her body was all up on me / When I woke up I saw her laying next to me."

Language

The song "Riding Solo" repeats the s-word throughout.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some references to drinking; for example, "one drink turned into two drinks / Three drinks turned into dancing …"

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the self-titled R&B album JASON DERULO is a little edgy; the lyrics include clear references to sex and drinking, with the s-word cropping up in a few places. However, none of the songs feature extremely explicit language or descriptions of sex and substance use. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygoodsense101 October 20, 2011

jason derulo

I think jason derulo is a positive role model to childeren and all of his songs are acceptable.I think that he also says that he can't cheat on other girls... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bymetallica93 January 3, 2011
its an interesting song but when he says you will be screaming nooo it seems like she doesnt wanna do it
Kid, 11 years old November 24, 2010

Teenagers Only

In the song, "In My Head" it is talking about Jason Derulo imagining having sex with a girl from the club.

What's the story?

After scoring big with his singles "Whatcha Say" and "In My Head," hot young Haitian R&B singer Jason Derulo has released his first full-length, self-titled album. Fans of the singles, which focused on the ups and downs of love, will be thrilled to find that the whole album represents more of the same. Most of the tracks find Derulo either falling for or breaking up with someone, yet no matter what the circumstances, the singer keeps the discussion a lot cleaner than songs by most of his contemporaries. That's not to say the CD has no eyebrow-raising moments; there are some clear references to sex and drinking, as well as a few s-bombs. However, the album is nowhere near the maturity level of explicit records from other R&B singers like Robin Thicke.

Is it any good?

If you're not listening closely to the 12 tracks on this record, you might miss where one song ends and another begins -- since the same synth-pop, Autotune-sound dominates every tune. It's a catchy enough formula to have earned airplay for the first singles off the album, but it quickly becomes overkill after hearing it repeated through an entire CD. Derulo would have done well to follow the musical example of Chris Brown, another young male R&B singer whose recent album Graffiti is much more creative and, ultimately, likable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk whether Derulo's CD will succeed in attracting both younger and older fans. Will the older crowd think Derulo's lyrics aren't adult enough? Will his songs still be too mature for parents to purchase the album for younger kids?

  • Discuss the appeal of this music. Do the lyrics matter? How does Jason Derulo compare to similar R&B artists?

Music details

For kids who love smooth sounds

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