"Say Aah" (CD single)

 
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Too much booze makes this one off limits for most kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Drinking is equated with success and wealth: "We don't buy no drinks at the bar, we pop champagne cuz we got that dough."

Positive role models

The typical hip-hop stereotype of alcohol, drugs, and money are embraced here. Guys look at girls as sex objects and see drinking as a means of seduction.

Sex

"And if you like the condo, we could move the party to the bedroom, momma beat your body like a congo."

Language

Only one bad word here: "bullsh-t."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The entire song is about drinking alcohol. If that wasn't bad enough, the single makes subtle hints as to the motivation with this obsession: "Notice there ain't nothing in your cup, so get here baby let me fill it up (fill it up)." Besides focusing on getting women tipsy, the song also mentions smoking marijuana with the line "Make your body rise like your puffin' on a joint."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this song is all about drinking alcohol. It's one of those songs that makes drinking look glitzy and glamorous, something that all the "cool people" do. It also seems to suggest that alcohol and wealth go hand in hand, and that alcohol consumption is a status symbol of wealth. Women are added to this mix, and liquor becomes a means to attracting a mate and wearing down her inhibitions.

What's the story?

Trey Songz's most successful single to date, "SAY AAH" is a song all about partying, and the guest of honor is the alcohol. Trey, along with guest rapper Fabolous, pays tribute to the bubbly while showing off his wealth on this mellow hip-hop tune. Off his 2009 album, Ready, "Say Aah" is your classic hip-hop pop song, complete with altered vocals, rapping interlude, and swaggering attitude.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This is a fun, frivolous, and funky song, whose lively beat makes it instantly likeable. Songz does an adequate job of singing smooth but energetic vocals that never depart from their club roots. Songz also never departs from the hip-hop celeb cliche, and embraces all the trappings (money, women, alcohol) that make these musicians into caricatures rather than real people. Sure this song will suffice at the club, but sober individuals might tire of its predictability. And bottom line: It's not for kids!

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about mixed messages regarding alcohol. Teens hear from their parents, teachers, and some media outlets that drinking can be dangerous and addictive. But then songs like this promote the complete opposite message and celebrate drinking. What do these differing messages do to your feelings about alcohol?

  • Why is it dangerous to mix messages about drinking and sex together? Why are they such a dangerous combination? What do you need to know about the realities of sex under the influence? Is it different than the fun and superficial treatment you see in music videos and movies? What about ads for alcohol?

  • Talk about image versus reality. When you hear a celebrity bragging about how much money they have, do you feel jealous? Do you think their lives are really one big glamorous party? What else is important besides being wealthy and spending money on your own indulgences? Can you think of any other qualities that you admire in celebrities?

Music details

Artist:Trey Songz
Release date:February 15, 2010
Label:Atlantic
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old March 26, 2011
 

perfect for 8 and up

it is pretty nice
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Teen, 14 years old Written byladibuq September 11, 2010
 
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 13 year old Written byohya August 13, 2010
 
sex:sexual references language:s--t alcohol is mainly talked about
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