A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Otis" includes the kind of swagger- and bravado-laced lyrics that are typical of many rap tracks. Aside from a few "N" words, there's not a lot of profanity, though drinking, violent metaphors, and car brand names crop up throughout. In the end, this song is best for older teens.
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What's the story?
Rap juggernauts Jay-Z and Kanye West team up for "OTIS," their shared ode to how great they are. In addition to tons of swagger and posturing, the song's lyrics include some double entendres about shooting people, a few "N" words, references to drinking and smoking cigars, and lots of car brand-name dropping. Though it's certainly not the most explicit rap song ever released, it's still a squarely adult track that's too mature for kids and tweens.
Is it any good?
Both artists have had some killer hooks in their day, so it's no surprise that they'd come up with another one -- a remix of Otis Redding's classic "Try a Little Tenderness" -- for this track. The hook alone would make the tune a standout, but powerful performances from each rapper add to its appeal.
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