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"Look at Me Now" (CD single)



Super-explicit track with tons of swagger, no substance.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

With an overabundance of swagger and bragging about acts of violence, sex, and drinking, this song includes many negative messages.

Positive role models

 Money, fame, sexual conquests, and material things are celebrated.


Refers to shooting someone.


Some mentions of sex: "Better cuff your chick if you with her
/ I can get her
and she accidentally slip fall on my d--k."


Tons of swearing: "f--k," "s--t," the n-word, and more.


Brand names like Ciroc (vodka) and Lamborghini.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Discusses drinking: "Ciroc and Sprite on a private flight."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Look at Me Now" has lots of references to sex, drinking, and violence; there's also plenty of bragging and graphic language. The song is too mature for kids, tweens, and younger teens.

What's the story?

In the song "LOOK AT ME NOW," R&B vocalist Chris Brown teams up with rap's old and young guard -- Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne, respectively -- to sing and rhyme with tons of swagger. The three artists take turns talking about how great they are, using a flood of profanity, plenty of references to sex, violence, and drinking, and lots of talk about money and material things. The end result is a track that's way too adult for tweens and teens.

Is it any good?


Musically, "Look at Me Now" is a mish-mash of styles that makes mostly for mush. Chris Brown's strong pipes don't get a chance to shine through here, as the artist talk-sings his lines; Busta Rhymes delivers his verses literally as fast as possible, an effect that's more headache-inducing than cool; and Lil Wayne's typical bravado is simply boring.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Chris Brown chose to deviate from his last several clean songs by releasing such an explicit tune in "Look at Me Now."

  • Does partnering with Lil Wayne -- a notoriously mature rapper -- help or hurt Chris Brown's career? Why?

Music details

Artists:Busta Rhymes, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne
Release date:February 1, 2011
Label:Jive Records
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 13 years old Written byMovieteenwatcher July 23, 2011

Great song, but not great language

This song is great.....except the language isn't. They cuss A TON, including f**k s**t d**k f****ts n***a h**l d**n b***h a*s...all (or most) of these words are said MULTIPLE times. They also refer to sex by saying "She might slip and fall on my d**k oops i said on my d**k i didn't really mean to say on my d**k but since we talkin about my d**k all of you haters say hi to it."
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bymz.lady March 24, 2011
I love it so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byImSoRegal March 6, 2011

Amazing Beat, Iffy Message

The Beat is DIVINE, but the message isn't the best for kids under 12. Although, it does have a "in-your-face" hook that tweens and teens can enjoy singing. :)
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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