"Letting Go (Dutty Love)" (single featuring Nicki Minaj)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Letting Go (Dutty Love)" (single featuring Nicki Minaj) Music Poster Image
Young rap-reggae star edges toward more adult content.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Though this song contains some mature sexual suggestions, it has a positive tone overall: a guy wants to be with a girl he considers "one of a kind."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite his collaboration here with the exceptionally racy Nicki Minaj, Kingston has still maintained his generally wholesome approach in both his music and personal life.


Some suggestive lines -- "what if you would just come right out of these clothes" and "grinding on my car top" -- though nothing too extreme.


One "bitch."


Mentions the clothing brand YSL (Yves Saint Laurent).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that in this single, Sean Kingston partners with a female rapper -- Nicki Minaj -- who's notorious for her racy rhymes. That said, the song is still pretty clean; it features a few sexually suggestive lines, but nothing too extreme -- resulting in yet another Kingston tune that's an acceptable choice for older kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... January 27, 2011
This song is about partying and release stress
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 15, 2018
Kid, 11 years old May 30, 2011

Perfect for Tweens but not for anyone younger

Love this song!!!!!!!!!!! Can't get it out of my head! : )

What's the story?

LETTING GO (DUTTY LOVE) is the latest single from young rap-reggae artist Sean Kingston, in which he partners with risque female rapper Nicki Minaj. The story is simple enough: a guy sets his sights on a girl he considers "one of a kind" and tries to convince her to be his. Despite the collaboration with an artist known for mature content, Kingston keeps this single fairly clean, in his characteristic style. There are a few more sexually suggestive lines than in past Kingston tracks, but for the most part, the tune lacks the hardcore content of many other rap releases.

Is it any good?

Sean Kingston's trademark dancehall-reggae sound can be found once again in "Letting Go (Dutty Love)," only this time, he includes a cool hip-hop twist that gives the song a refreshingly different feel than past Kingston tunes. Minaj's smooth contributions help to further distinguish the song from the rest of the Kingston pack.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how teen artists like Sean Kingston, Miley Cyrus, and even Taylor Swift are starting to create more mature music in parallel with their growing ages. How can young artists balance the process of becoming an adult with their commitment to creating clean music?

  • Why do some young artists like Britney Spears seem to completely lose track of the sweet, wholesome aspects of their personalities as they mature?

Music details

  • Artist: Sean Kingston
  • Release date: August 6, 2010
  • Label: Epic
  • Genre: Dancehall/Reggae
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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