"Scream" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Edgier song by R&B star offers great vocals, generic sound.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

These super-steamy messages are too mature for kids.

Positive role models

Sexual behavior isn't positive or negative but is simply not age appropriate for kids.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some suggestive lyrics like "Now relax and get on your back / If you wanna scream, let me know and I'll take you there ... If you want it done right / Hope you're ready to go all night."

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

Uses a metaphor about drinking to describe amorous feelings: "Got no drink in my hand, but I'm wasted / Gettin' drunk off the thought of you naked."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Scream" is an extra-steamy song from super-smooth R&B star Usher. Known for mildly suggestive lyrics, Usher kicks the sexiness up a notch in this track, with lots of bedroom descriptions and a metaphor about feeling "drunk" with lust.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

"SCREAM" is the second single from the seventh studio album by Usher -- still one of the hottest R&B vocalists around. With an assist from pop-producing powerhouse Max Martin, Usher again sings about well-covered territory: romance. However, he takes the intensity up a step, getting decidedly more graphic without launching into full-fledged explicit territory.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Usher's music usually packs a twofold punch, combining killer vocals with an awesome beat. But when it comes to the latter, this song disappoints a bit -- featuring a beat that's appealing enough without sounding much different from the rest of the R&B pack. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Usher may have deviated from his standard not-too-mature approach to produce this sexier-than-normal track. 

  • Do artists need to resort to graphic sexual descriptions in order to interest people in their music? Why or why not? 

  • Does R&B tend to have sexier lyrics than other genres, such as country or pop? Why are there so many songs about sex?

Music details

Artist:Usher
Release date:April 24, 2012
Type:Single
Label:La Face
Genre:R&B
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byxi love cod June 10, 2012
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2
QUALITY
 

LOVE IT CANT STOP DANCING!!

IF YOU WANNA SCREAM YEAAAAA I LOVE THIS SONG NO BAD THINGS SO DANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 July 6, 2012
AGE
3
QUALITY
 

scream cd single

Families can talk about why Usher may have deviated from his standard not-too-mature approach to produce this sexier-than-normal track. Do artists need to resort to graphic sexual descriptions in order to interest people in their music? Why or why not? Does R&B tend to have sexier lyrics than other genres, such as country or pop? Why are there so many songs about sex?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byanders09ma May 27, 2012
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

Scream

Usher is back baby! But I'm a little dissapointed by some of the lyrics in the begginging of the song. But over all great song!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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