"Make Her Say" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Skilled rapper cops out with swearing, sex talk, bragging.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Cudi, Kanye, and Common describe the type of behavior that no kid should emulate -- racking up sexual experiences, degrading women, egregious swearing, blatant boasting, and partying.

Positive Role Models & Representations

None of the rappers who peform on this song serve as solid role models.


References sex in all its forms, including prostitution: "F--k them other niggas 'cause she down for the stickin' / F--k them other niggas 'cause she down for some lickin' / F--k them other bitches 'cause she down for the trickin'."


Plenty of graphic language, with repeated use of f--k, nigga, bitch, and dick.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alludes to the line in the Jamie Foxx song "Blame It" about alcohol: "Blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song includes graphic references to various sexual acts, extremely explicit language, and plenty of boasting about being rich and famous. 

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Teen, 15 years old Written byCooltiger37 September 8, 2018

Decent but graphic song is best for older teens

While this is a pretty decent song, especially since it creatively samples the acoustic version of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face", its graphic language... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bychrissymitch February 20, 2011
Great song! Some people can be a little crazy when it comes to music, and i am being conservative with my age recommendation.

What's the story?

Breakout rap star Kid Cudi's second single, MAKE HER SAY, features guest performances by mega-famous rappers Kanye West and Common. The song is a stark reversal from Cudi's debut track, "Day N Nite," in which the artist gave a refreshingly honest chronicle of his battles with depression. In this follow-up single, Cudi copies the tired formula of women/partying/riches that's employed by so many other unoriginal rappers today. As a result, the song seems like just another entry in the long list of rap tracks about trying to accumulate as many gratuitous sexual experiences and material goods as you can. Though the clean version bleeps out the egregious swearing, all the references to sex, etc., remain.

Is it any good?

It's a shame this song's lyrics are so vapid, because the music is appealing. The track sets a sample of Lady GaGa's "Poker Face" against a mellow beat and cool scratching, making for a unique, contagious flow. Though Cudi, Kanye, and Common have different styles, each are proficient rappers in their own right, so putting their performances back-to-back here results in an interesting rather than jarring sound.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Why do some rappers glamorize casual sex, foul language, and partying in their songs? Is this lifestyle really as satisfying as rappers claim? Can money and fame buy you true happiness?     

  • Listening to degrading sexual lyrics has been shown to speed sexual activity. Read our Sex and Media Tips.

Music details

  • Artist: Kid Cudi
  • Release date: June 9, 2009
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Universal
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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