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

Common Sense Media says

Young rap-reggae star edges toward more adult content.

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What parents need to know

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

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.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

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

Language

One "bitch."

Consumerism

Mentions the clothing brand YSL (Yves Saint Laurent).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

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Kid, 11 years old May 30, 2011
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12
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Perfect for Tweens but not for anyone younger

Love this song!!!!!!!!!!! Can't get it out of my head! : )
Teen, 13 years old Written bycinnagurl May 4, 2011
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12
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perfect for any age really

i think if they play it at my school on the intercom then its appropiate
Kid, 10 years old April 29, 2011
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Ay yo sean yo mr.kingstun

Its an Ok song to be Reggae rap but in overall its pretty goofy Dutty Love hahahaha funny name Dutty dutty dutty luv lol
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Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
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