A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is an R&B-inflected hip-hop love song whose lyrics never get steamier than the sincere request of a lovesick protagonist for his girlfriend to "kiss me through the phone. And, in a departure from his previous offerings, this one is pretty clean.
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What's the story?
Remember \"867-5309/Jenny\" from Tommy Tutone? Or Blondie's \"Call Me?\" In many ways, Soulja Boy's single KISS ME THRU THE PHONE off his album iSouljaboyTellem is the modern rendition of a million love songs that found the phone to be a useful metaphor for longing. \"Girl you know I miss you / I just wanna kiss you\" sings Soulja Boy, sounding like any guy who misses his girlfriend. Adding a current technological twist, he sings: \"Text me, call me, I need you in my life, yeah.\"
Is it any good?
While much of his material is not for kids, "Kiss Me Thru the Phone" is a clean choice for teens who want at least one Soulja Boy song in their playlist. The song comes off like puppy love.
If there's any cause for concern, it's that Soulja Boy's melodies and rhymes lack the sophistication of masters like Kanye West. When he sings, "I'll see you later on / Kiss me through the phone / See you when I get home" you can almost understand why Soulja Boy has been lambasted by prominent rapper Ice T for "killing hip-hop." Don't worry if your teens want to listen to this one, but there are better choices.