Late Night Special

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
Late Night Special Music Poster Image
Parents recommend
Soul sound saturated with raunch.

Parents say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Kids say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Depends on how you feel about sexual obsession.


Only in a sex-play context, as in "got them whip-lashin' on your back."


Very explicit sexuality on nearly every track. One example: "I'm right between your thighs and / Exotic positions got your orgasms multiplying."


They're not scared of the "f--k" or the "N" word, and us a lot of imaginative sexual language.


CD package contains an ad for ringtones.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that these lush, soulful songs are filled with very explicit sexual references (one example: "I'm right between your thighs and / exotic positions got your orgasms multiplying.") as well as a few instances of the "N" word. The edited version sounds ridiculous.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Teen, 17 years old Written bysheshe_iz_sexy April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written byrunner4ever April 9, 2008

to much talk of sex

talks alot about sex basically an obsession of it thats sad appropriote for 16+

What's the story?

On their second album, LATE NIGHT SPECIAL, the four pretty boys in Pretty Ricky keep both their party and certain parts of the anatomy growing with terrific harmonies, inventive vocal and instrumental arrangements, and a single-minded obsession with sex. There's no innuendo or subtlety involved. You'll have to go far to find more graphic descriptions of the various permutations of getting it on, but you'll also have to go far to find better performances. For example, the gorgeous love song on the last track, \"Make It Like It Was,\" is a clean and lovely ballad about remembering the beginning of a love affair.

Is it any good?

Most parents will not be able to get past lyrics like "He can't stroke it like this / he can't stroke it like that / soon as you walk through the door / I'll put her panties to the floor…poppin' that nookie / I'll be your groupie…just take them clothes off, girl I'm bound to break you off…I never go soft / never go raw." Yet, with a perfect ear for vocal harmony and classic sense of soul arrangements, the group manages to offer some inventive touches that redefine R&B while also paying loving tribute to the genre.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the interesting juxtaposition of really raunchy lyrics over classic-sounding soul and R&B arrangements. Does it sound strange to hear these words sung in gorgeous church-choir falsetto over exquisite backup harmonies? Why?

Music details

  • Artist: Pretty Ricky
  • Release date: January 23, 2007
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: August 11, 2015

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate