"Rude Boy" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Sexier-than-usual Rihanna single is too hot for kids!





What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's only one message here and that's lust! The entire song is about seducing a more-than-willing guy and wanton desires.

Positive role models

The good thing here is that Rihanna portrays herself as a woman in control of her sexuality. "Relax, lemme do it how I wanna." But that doesn't mean the song is good for kids!

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There's a lot of talk about being excited and various body parts, such as: "Boy can you get it up...boy is it big enough" and "touch me there...pull my hair" and "give it to you harder."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this single is much racier than Rihanna's typical dance tunes. It's all about sex, and the lyrics do not shy away from begging for a romp. Although the song doesn't mention any body parts specifically or use any bad language, the message is obviously clear: "I like it when you tell me kiss it here, I like it when you tell me move it there." Watch out for the sexually-charged video as well, which shows some breast grabbing, butt-flashing, and thrusting on a lion, among other scandalous moves!

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What's the story?

"RUDE BOY" is the second single off of Rihanna's 2009 album Rated R. It's become one of the more popular tracks, and is the third US single to emerge from the release. Full of seduction and sexiness, the song is all about going after the "bad boy" and showing him what you got (in the bedroom).

Is it any good?


As its title implies, Rihanna borrows a little off the "rude boy" Caribbean tradition of Jamaican bad boys and mixes a touch of reggae flair in with her traditional hip-hop sound. Her vocals fit in perfectly with both genres, and the effect is a super-cool, almost aloof treatment that contrasts perfectly with the steaming hot lyrics. This is definitely a song meant for the clubs, the age-restricted clubs that is!

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about female role models in music. How do female musicians use sexuality as a way to grab attention?

  • Talk about music lyrics. Many parents might think of Rihanna as a safe artist, since she's had many kid-friendly hits. However, does this racy song show you that it's not just Lil' Wayne that you have to watch out for? Is it almost more important to check out the lyrics from "safe" artists because of this fact?

  • The video for this song appears on Vevo. What internet video sites are you allowed on? Are there restrictions to what you can watch on these sites? Why is it important to watch out for music videos as well as inappropriate lyrics?

Music details

Release date:February 25, 2010
Label:Def Jam
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 15 years old Written byTanked out April 16, 2010


Ughhh, so I guess now Rihanna is so desperate for attention that she has to actually pretend she's a rock star and "hard"? What exactly is this garbage anyway? The song is basically a stupid hook being looped over and over again. And why is this in the Hip-Hop section? It isn't even rap and it CERTAINLY isn't hip-hop. And my goodness is this really only for people 15+? Cmon are you parents really that naive? I hate to break it to you but "give it to you harder" and "..is it big enough" is NOTHING compared to what they hear in school. I hate to be the bare of bad news but this isn't "hardcore", it isn't for people 15+, it isn't good, and it ISN'T HIP-HOP!
Teen, 13 years old Written byFlickChick197 June 14, 2010

No License, No Song.

Anyone who can't drive, can't listen. Simple. Too many sexual references. Like stated above. CommonSense nailed it. If my mom won't let me listen to it, then it must be bad.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written bychelly_15 May 19, 2010
i love rihanna she is the best and i support her at everything she do. and I re@lloy love her Album Rated R IT THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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