A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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.
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Is it any good?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?