"Marco Polo" (CD Single)



Swearing, bling, and player talk in hip-hop duet.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Not applicable

"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.


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


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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Reference to a crack house.

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.

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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.

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Adult Written byDarion aka lih man November 28, 2008

cd single

I just like this song.


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