"Marco Polo" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
"Marco Polo" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Swearing, bling, and player talk in hip-hop duet.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Lots of playa/money talk, materialism; says "fags" and "hoes."

Violence
Sex

"Last night your girl's forehead was on my abs" and "Their girlfriends are on my jock." The music video shows a bunch of girls in skimpy bikinis dancing around Bow Wow and Soulja Boy.

Language

Explicit album version says "f--k," "bitch," "p---y," "N" word several times, "hoes," "damn," and "fags."

Consumerism

Lamborghini, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Mercedes, G-Shock; talk about money.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Reference to a crack house.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this hip-hop "duet" features obscene language ("f--k," "fags," "p---y," and the "N" word a lot) and talks about money, hoes, and showing off material things. The music video shows a bunch of girls in skimpy bikinis dancing around Bow Wow and Soulja Boy.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDarion aka lih man November 28, 2008

cd single

I just like this song.
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018

What's the story?

MARCO POLO is the first single to be released from Bow Wow's upcoming album Pedigree. The 21-year old rapper joins fellow young rapper Soulja Boy to talk about money, hoes, and showing off material things.

Is it any good?

Unless they're trying to appeal to 8-year-olds -- which highly unlikely given the content -- it's unclear why this song is even titled "Marco Polo" when you hear the lyrics. They're lame, with the usual boasting about money, hoes, and all the bling that comes along with "success." The song is catchy, but not in a good way. Soulja Boy's voice is monotone and annoying, and Bow Wow does little to sharpen it up.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about these young hip-hop stars and their success. Do you think their stardom is warranted? With all this talk about money, hoes, and material things, what kind of message do you think this song is sending to kids?

Music details

  • Artist: Bow Wow
  • Release date: August 5, 2008
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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