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"Rude Boy" (CD single)
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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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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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!
Talk to your kids 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?
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