"Stay (feat. Mikky Ekko)" (CD Single)

Music review by
E.E. Bradman, Common Sense Media
"Stay (feat. Mikky Ekko)" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Rihanna keeps her lyrics clean in raw, pensive ballad.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

"Stay" doesn't have bad messages, but the idea of whether to continue a relationship isn't appropriate for younger kids.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rihanna has made some controversial decisions, including reuniting with an abusive ex.

Violence
Sex

The video features Rihanna naked in a bathtub, although nothing graphic is shown.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Stay" is one of Rihanna's tamer tracks. Rihanna, in the news as much for her music as she is for her steamy image and her romance with fellow pop star Chris Brown, puts her heart into this straightforward, stripped-down piano ballad. The video is indeed provocative, with Rihanna lying naked in a bathtub, but the song's lyrics are clean and convey love and confusion: She wants her lover to stay, although she's not really sure how to feel about it. Overall, this is a fine choice for younger Rihanna fans.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTVAGE December 18, 2013
Teen, 15 years old Written byvolleyballnchocolate April 12, 2013

Amazing

Rihanna is an amazing singer with a ton of talent, as is Mikky Ekko. She shows that on this track. Great song, while staying clean. If only all her music was... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bybscgirl March 14, 2013

stay

lovely song i see nothing wrong

What's the story?

"STAY" is the second Top 10 single from Unapologetic, Rihanna's seventh studio effort. Viewed in light of her 2009 domestic violence issues with Chris Brown and their subsequent on-again, off-again romance, it's tempting to read into these lyrics, which express heartfelt confusion about whether a relationship should continue.

Is it any good?

"Stay" is stripped-down and barebones -- piano, vocals, and a few subtle effects -- and the effect can be hypnotic. Rihanna's vocals are in fine form, and her duet partner is no slouch, either: Apparently, when Nashville singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko submitted the demo, Rihanna liked his voice and brought him onto the finished track; his falsetto sounds great on its own and blended with Rihanna's.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about intense relationships that cause conflicting feelings of pleasure and pain. Why does love sometimes create such strong feelings?

  • How do you think this stripped-down style compares with other Rihanna songs? 

  • Why do you think partners stay in troubled relationships? How can you help a friend who is in a dysfunctional relationship?

Music details

  • Artist: Rihanna
  • Release date: February 13, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: Yes

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