Playa Cardz Right (CD Single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Singer mourns fallen rapper, gets a little sexy.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

Cole's vocals are soulful, sexy, and seductive and Shakur's raps generally play it safe. The rapper does throw out this line: "Still looking for a queen, to plant seeds and have babies." The accompanying video for Cole's single shows the singer seductively seated in the backseat of a steamed-up car, with her cleavage featured prominently throughout the video.



Although the original rap verses included a couple of uses of the "N"word, it appears Cole's single has edited these references out.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single mixes Keisha Cole's soulful vocals with clean verses from deceased rapper Tupac Shakur.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17-year-old Written byhoneyboo October 19, 2010
Parent Written bysexy20 March 12, 2010
i thank the song is ok i love it
Teen, 13 years old Written byDrake baby October 30, 2009

baby name drake jr.

Teen, 16 years old Written byJalayeFleming March 26, 2009


i actually love keyshia cole she is very beautiful and she inspires many teenage girls and adults if i should say she is a straight out their person and she wor... Continue reading

What's the story?

PLAYA CARDZ RIGHT first appeared on Tupac Shakur's posthumously released album Pac's Life, an LP commemorating the ten-year anniversary of the rapper's untimely death. On that album, Keyshia Cole was credited with a guest appearance. This time, she is getting top-billing.

Is it any good?

Cole's vocals are smooth and seamlessly intertwined with Shakur's raps, but this single comes off as another attempt to capitalize on Shakur's success and iconic stature. While Cole's sentiments appear sincere and there is an undeniable connection between her and Shakur, the raps and lyrics don't totally make sense taken together. Still, it displays a yin and yang compatibility with no lyrical landmines.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how deceased artists are marketed. There have been numerous posthumous albums released from Tupac Shakur. Why do you think his label is still releasing his music? Do you think some artists become more popular after their death? Can you think of any other musicians or movie stars who have gained popularity recently after having died? Do you think some up and coming artists like Cole can capitalize on the success of a deceased artist?

Music details

  • Artist: Keisha Cole
  • Release date: November 24, 2008
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: August 11, 2015

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