A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this formulaic dance track is radio-clean but filled with lustful metaphors and raunchy images, as is typical of pop/house music these days. There's nothing too dirty, just references to things like "so tight, ready to blow," "rocking body to body," and the repeated phrase "let's hook tonight," which is presumably an abbreviation of "hook up." The video features images of champagne bottles popping and a vodka bar at the beach, as well as provocative images of legs and bikinis.
What's the story?
"LIVE IT UP" is the first single from Jennifer Lopez's forthcoming studio album, and her third collaboration in as many years with the inescapable Pitbull. Featuring a four-on-the-floor house beat and numerous breakdowns and "drops," the song is designed and primed to be a club smash, despite its lack of originality and forgettable lyrics.
Is it any good?
Kids who really like dance music may find the song serviceable, but there's nothing particularly exciting or fresh about this re-hashed party track. Pitbull's rap verse sounds like all of his other verses, and JLo's desperate attempt to stay relevant makes her seem like a wannabe Britney Spears or Nicki Minaj, but without any of the unique style or pizazz. You've heard this song many times before, and it wasn't even that fun the first time.
Talk to your kids about ...
JLo started off in the R&B/Hip-hop realm, but appears to have switched to EDM (electronic dance music). What do you think of pop singers who have completely changed their style to adapt to the contemporary mainstream? Does it make them inauthentic? Why or why not?
For kids who love to dance to EDM
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