A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that, as its title suggests, the song "S&M" is about violent sexual behaviors. Though Rihanna doesn't use graphic language in the tune, its extremely suggestive lyrics are way too mature for kids. For example: "Oh, I love the feeling you bring to me, oh, you turn me on / It's exactly what I've been yearning for, give it to me strong."
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What's the story?
"S&M" is the fourth single from Loud, R&B star Rihanna's fifth full-length record. The song's title says it all: These lyrics are all about violent behavior in the bedroom. While there's no explicit language or super-graphic references here, the suggestions are strong enough to make this tune too mature for young audiences.
Is it any good?
Though "S&M" starts out with a cheesy synthesizer hook, it gains steam when its solid beat and Rihanna's powerful pipes kick in. Questionable lyrics aside, the infectious musical arrangements in this track make it a good candidate for club rotation and the inevitable remix.
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