Love Me All Summer, Hate Me All Winter

Common Sense Media says

Melodic music but full of explicit, sexist stuff.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Women are described and treated as men's property, and described as "bitch," "ho," and "shawty." Racist and sexist language is used constantly.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Explicit references to certain body parts and activities ("she's on my dick" and "hard as a rock when she touched me," for example).

Language

Very explicit; "s--t," "f--k," and the "N" word are used freely.

Consumerism

Product placement is obvious: car, clothing, and liquor brands make some of the lyrics sound like commercials.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking and smoking weed are mentioned several times.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Dream's lyrics include four-letter words and sexual content, along with some sexist expressions of infatuation ("I Luv Your Girl" apologizes to a friend for stealing his girlfriend as though she were a piece of property with no say in the matter). The songs, sung in soulful falsetto over lush R&B tracks, sound a lot sweeter than they actually are.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Veteran producer Terius Nash (think Britney Spears/Madonna collaboration and Rihanna's hit "Umbrella") steps up to the mic on his debut CD, LOVE ME ALL SUMMER, HATE ME ALL WINTER, as "The Dream."

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

And dreamy it is, as you let the sounds wash over you: gorgeous harmonies, exquisite falsetto lead vocals, and lush R&B production rule the day on a dozen honey-smooth ballads about -- well -- there's the problem. Women are described as property, bitches, and worse in songs like "I Luv Your Girl," an apology of sorts to a friend whose sweetheart is "on my d--k" now. Sexual fantasies are described in gratuitously graphic detail; drinking and smoking weed are a given; and there's enough product placement (clothing, car, and liquor brands) to make some of the songs sound almost like commercials. Still, The Dream delivers some sexy, dramatic, and beautiful music. Just don't listen to the words.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the difference between appreciating someone's attractiveness and thinking of the person you like as your personal property. The Dream delivers very explicit content in a gorgeous, smooth vocal style. Do four-letter words come across differently when they are sweetly and softly sung -- or said?

Music details

Artist:The Dream
Release date:December 11, 2007
Label:Def Jam
Genre:R&B
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 9 years old November 23, 2014
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

this is soooo not good look all the things it has
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent of a 2 and 9 year old Written byKidsAndMommy September 2, 2011
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

no

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old September 26, 2010
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Love this album. Love The Dream. Although I'm sure my parents wouldn't approve of me listening to this, I love it. Wayy sexist and sexual, lots of language...yeah.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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