"Sleazy" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Good relationship advice buried by talk of sex, drinking.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 18 reviews

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Positive Messages

In a departure from many Ke$ha songs, this one doesn't talk about getting totally trashed, and it even includes an encouraging message about how a girl shouldn't be won over by a guy just because he has a lot of money. Still, there's too much talk of drinking and sex to call this tune positive.

Positive Role Models & Representations

With just about every one of her songs -- including this one -- focused on drinking, partying, and sex, it's hard to call Ke$ha a positive role model.


Some pretty direct references to sex: "Your money's not impressing me, it's kinda weak / That you really think you're gonna get my rocks off, get my top and socks off."


Some bleeped-out words.


Mentions (Mercedes) "Benz."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of drinking talk: "Just grab a bottle, some boys and let's take it back to my basement and get sleazy."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single offers a fairly positive premise: Don't fall for a guy just because he has money. That said, like most of singer Ke$ha's other tunes, the song still includes plenty of lyrics that glamorize drinking and has several sexually suggestive lines, making it inappropriate for tweens and younger teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant-year-old Written byrayafunk March 27, 2011
I love it, got a great beat. kids are going to listen to it even if you say no thats life.They will listen to there kids ipod
Parent Written byCommonSenseParent November 23, 2010

Great music for middle and high schoolers

Talented pop star Ke$ha makes fun pop hits that is appropiate for kids. Despite Common Sense Media's review, I found nothing explicit or sinful.
Kid, 10 years old March 11, 2012

This Song Does Have Some Lines In It.....

Ooh....this one's a little more hardcore on sexual terms.

Sex: "rat tat tat tat on your dum dum drum that beats so phat gonna make me come"... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymusicislove December 15, 2011

awesome song

this is kesha not some disney role model so expect swearing and sex...

What's the story?

Ke$ha's at it again with "SLEAZY," another single in which the pop star continues her never-ending party -- with plenty of drinking and sex talk. All of the partying overshadows the song's positive theme -- that you shouldn't choose a romantic partner based solely on whether the person has a lot of money. Though it's good advice for people of any age, the song itself is too mature for young tweens and teens, with lyrics like "I don't mean to critique on your seduction technique / But your money's not impressing me, it's kinda weak ... Me and all my friends we don't buy bottles, we bring 'em / We take the drinks from the tables when you get up and leave 'em."

Is it any good?

The focus on partying may be a familiar theme for Ke$ha, but the slower, heavier beats of this single make it sound distinct from her earlier tracks. Adding her signature sing-songy vocals -- part singing, part rap -- the tune turns out to be a refreshing departure from her many previous club anthems.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes someone likely to do well in a healthy relationship. When considering whether to become friends (or more) with someone, what are the most important things to look for in that person? Why?

  • What are some of the problems that could crop up if you become friends with someone just because they have a lot of money?

  • Do you think Ke$ha is a good role model? Why or why not?

Music details

  • Artist: Ke$ha
  • Release date: November 2, 2010
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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