"Kiss Me Thru the Phone" (CD single)

Music review by
Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media
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R&B-style hip-hop love song is safe but not sophisticated.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 20 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages
Positive Role Models & Representations
Violence
Sex

At one point, Soulja Boy reminisces about actual physical contact, but it's not that graphic: "Kissing you in public / Thinking nothing of it."

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byiluvredsoles June 4, 2009

So catchy!

This song is super clean and is a great rap song! i love it!
Adult Written byadawn77 March 19, 2009
this a very good song and should deserve five stars.
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 15, 2018
Teen, 14 years old Written byTAKEN 10-14-15 December 16, 2015

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about hip-hop. Is this song a typical hip-hop song? Why or why not?

  • Does hip-hop need to have edgy content to be cool? Can you think of some other hip-hop songs that have mostly clean content?

Music details

  • Artist: Soulja Boy
  • Release date: December 16, 2008
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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