A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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?