Raymond v Raymond

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Mature themes, but not explicit; best for older teens.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

The messages aren't so much negative as they are mature, with Usher discussing difficult topics such as the effects that cheating and divorce have on a relationship.

Positive role models & representations

Despite Usher's divorce and general rep for being somewhat of a ladies' man, he leads a much cleaner life than many of his contemporaries.

Violence
Sex

The allusions don't get too graphic, though there are some decidedly mature lines like "honey got a booty like pow, pow, pow / honey got some boobies like wow, oh, wow."

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Talk of drinking champagne.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that RAYMOND V RAYMOND represents more of the same from R&B star Usher: some provocative lyrics that make undeniable allusions to sex, yet aren't nearly as graphic as songs by the singer's peers. They should also note that some tracks like "Papers" deal with mature topics like divorce, and others, including "Foolin' Around," talk about Usher's problems with cheating. Overall, the singer has released another record that's OK for older teens..

User Reviews

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Kid, 12 years old July 7, 2010

Great Song

I love this song, this is for teens though.
Teen, 13 years old Written bymanay_4511 August 10, 2010

What's the story?

Smooth R&B crooner Usher has covered a lot of ground since his last album -- marriage, two kids, and a contentious divorce. He chronicles his personal ups and downs in Raymond V Raymond, a CD filled with 14 songs that follow the classic Usher formula: plenty of unmistakable allusions to sex that, while clear, aren't delivered with graphic language or extremely explicit descriptions of sexual scenarios. For example,Usher bleeps out the few actual swear words he includes in his songs and uses tamer lines like "I'll get you hot, I know you oh so well." The end result is another recordthat'sOK for older teens but off-limits to young kids.

Is it any good?

With Raymond v Raymond, Usher delivers a super-tight record that makes you want to hit "repeat" over and over. The singer gets help from other big-name artists like Ludacris, will.i.am, Nicki Minaj, and T.I., which lends a wide range of creativity to the R&B beats. He even weaves in an excellent sample of classic Stevie Wonder. An excellent album overall, but not for younger kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the many life changes Usher has gone through -- a marriage, two children, and divorce -- since his last album. How have these things affected his music?

  • How might Usher's music have been different had he not gone through these hard times?

Music details

  • Artist: Usher
  • Release date: March 30, 2010
  • Label: La Face
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

For kids who love smooth sounds

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