"Scream & Shout" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Scream & Shout" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Semi-explicit dance tune with some substances and swearing.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 16 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Messages about letting loose in the club (including drinking) are more mature than negative, though talk of "lighting up" what could be an illegal substance is never OK.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Song celebrates drinking, partying, and perhaps using drugs.


Chorus repeats the word "s--t," and "bitch" is used a couple of times.


The video for this song debuted during The X Factor, on which Spears serves as a judge.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mentions drinking in the club ("Drink it up, then drink some more"), and alludes to smoking an unknown substance ("Light it up, and let's let it blow").

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Scream & Shout" is a dance-pop song by will.i.am and Britney Spears that features a couple of lines about drinking and "lighting up" (presumably pot) at the dance club, as well as repeated use of the word "s--t" and "bitch." The video for this song debuted during The X Factor, on which Spears serves as a judge. There is an edited version available.

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User Reviews

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Adult Written byJared Galczynski May 28, 2014

I Want To Scream And Shout And Let It All Out!

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Kid, 12 years old February 25, 2018

Great song, but not quite for kids

I think this is a great song. But it's probably best for teens. Alcohol is also mentioned. There is also one drug/tobacco reference: "Light it up and... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 27, 2016

Age and words

I think it's for younger teens because they made the radio version and they used scratching noises.She said "You gotta turns this turn it it up."... Continue reading

What's the story?

"SCREAM AND SHOUT" is the third single from #willpower, the fourth album from rapper will.i.am -- one of the four founding members of supergroup Black Eyed Peas. The single is infused with a huge dose of star power by pop icon Britney Spears, who lends vocals to the track. The video for the song debuted on an episode of TV's The X Factor, on which Spears serves as a judge.

Is it any good?

Britney Spears is at a stage in her career where her huge, loyal fan base will listen to about anything she does, so despite the fact that this track lacks luster, she'll likely still get away with it. At one point, she affects a weird British accent, a la Madonna -- though Her Madgesty, Britney is not. will.i.am contributes his lines in his typical talk/rap style with an Auto-tune overlay that makes them seem even more mundane.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to have a good time without engaging in excessive drinking and substance use. Do songs about partying make you want to do the same?

  • The video for this song debuted during The X Factor, on which Spears serves as a judge. Do you think the song would be as popular without this promotion?

  • Why would will.i.am choose to partner with Britney Spears? What does each get out of the collaboration?

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