"Over" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Rap song is filled with profanity; look for edited version.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 25 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Mixed messages; Drake brags quite a bit. There's an oh-so subtle message to live life and live it for yourself. "I swear it feels like the last few nights, we been everywhere and back, but I just can’t remember it all, What am I doin’? What am I doin’? Oh, yeah, that’s right, I’m doin’ me, I’m doin me, I’m livin’ life right now, maybe."

Positive Role Models & Representations

There's no sign of low self-esteem from Drake; in fact, humility doesn't seem to be his strong point. "I did it overnight, it couldn’t happen any quicker, y’all know them? Well, f--k it, me either, but point the biggest skeptic out, I’ll make him a believer, it wouldn’t be the first time I done it, throwin’ hundreds."

Sex

"And I swear I got that s--t that make these bitches go insane, so they tell me that they love me, I know better than that, it’s just game, it’s just what comes with the fame, and I’m ready for that, I’m just sayin’." He also adds that he's "too fine to be laying down in bed alone."

Language

"F--k" is said about five times, while" s--t" is spoken once, along with a couple of "bitch" references and the n-word.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Bottles on me, long as someone drink it."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single would have been OK for teens had it not included a few choice expletives, like the f-word and the n-word. The message isn't all that bad, although there's some serious bragging going on here. Because of the bad language it's a good idea to look for an edited version of this song.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... January 27, 2011
Parent of a 13 year old Written byohya August 6, 2010
Kid, 11 years old March 24, 2012

Good song if you can get over the swearing.

This is a good song by Drake, but not his best. There is a lot of language-six f-words, one n-word, three b----, and one s---, and the clean version doesn'... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byt0 b c December 14, 2010

really good

bit of language, but overall an amazing song...... tune is very catchy- I was humming it for weeks

What's the story?

Drake seems to have been on the rap scene for many years, making guest appearances on tracks by everyone from Lil' Wayne to Kid Cudi. So it's a surprise to see "OVER" debut as the first single off of the rapper's freshman album. Unlike the title, it appears Drake is just coming into his own as a rap artist with his own album. The theme of the single appears to be self-examination of priorities and whether fame is all it's cracked up to be.

Is it any good?

Drake does a good job of thrusting listeners immediately into a fast-paced celebrity life where names and faces are just a blur. But unfortunately, many of Drake's lyrics also descend into similar obscurity, and although every rap song doesn't require a catchy pop riff or sample chorus, this song would have definitely benefited from a little variety.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the use of the n-word. Why do you think rappers still use this word? Do you see any positive effects from African-Americans using the word, or is it bad all around? What are your family's rules about songs that include this word?

  • How is fame portrayed in pop music today? Do you think it is over-glamorized? Do celebrities sometimes create false images to make their lives seem more enviable? At the end of the day, do you think famous people are happier than the rest of us?

  • Talk about inappropriate lyrics and edited versions. Do edited songs sometimes still contain bad messages? What are your family's rules about reviewing content and lyrics of songs? Does an edited version sometimes offer a false sense of security?

Music details

  • Artist: Drake
  • Release date: March 8, 2010
  • Label: Cash Money Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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