"Right Now (Na Na Na)" (CD single)

 
Akon charts a new course with clean R&B toe-tapper.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A healthy message about romantic relationships, referencing the roles that both sides play ("Mistakes were made between us two") and the importance of good communication ("Tell you what's been on my mind").

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

A few veiled references ("I miss how you lie with me"), but nothing nearly as overt or extreme as on past Akon albums.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this single lacks the more graphic language and messages about sex and violence heard in Akon's other music. The video for the song takes the maturity level up a notch, however, showing the singer in some suggestive, scantily-clad bedroom scenes.

What's the story?

The old phrase "apple of my eye" sounds like something a grandma might say -- so it's strange to hear the words in the new single "Right Now (Na Na Na)" by Akon, one of today's notoriously hardcore R&B artists. Yet these and other mild lyrics throughout the track reflect the singer's move away from the graphic language of previous albums like Konvicted. The result of this new direction is an almost sweet song about a heartbroken guy who misses his estranged girl.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The heavy synthesizer, infectious beats, and plaintive vocals that make Akon's music appealing are back in his new single. While the repetitive lyrics don't offer a lot of complexity, they combine with the song's stylistic allure to keep listeners singing the tune long after they hear it. That said, the track doesn't score high in originality; other songs on the full-length CD, FREEDOM, do a better job of showcasing what the singer claims is his new dance-oriented, Euro-club sound.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how relationships (romantic or otherwise) are a two-way street, as Akon acknowledges when he sings "Girl, I know / mistakes were made between us two." What are the key ingredients of a caring, respectful relationship? How can two people effectively communicate their thoughts and concerns to each other? Also, how do you feel about an artist whose repertoire contains work with both tame lyrics and explicit musical messages?

Music details

Artist:Akon
Release date:December 2, 2008
Label:Universal
Genre:R&B
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Written byAnonymous January 26, 2013
age 11+
 

I like this too and Mature 11 Year olds can listen too.

Sex 1/10 Because there is not a lot in there.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byTransformers3Fan July 6, 2011
age 10+
 

clean song

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byrealdeal456 September 5, 2010
age 10+
 

One thing everybody's missing...

... the fact that every single chorus BEGINS with "I wanna make love right now (na na na)". Seriously, I thought you guys at CommonSense got that!!!!!!
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Too much sex

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