A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Talk Dirty (ft. 2 Chainz)" is a raunchy club song of questionable taste about the universal language of the booty. The lyrics about women around the world are very sexually crass, and the music video blatantly objectifies women and encourages exploitative male fantasies. Even the clean version is pretty racy, so be especially aware of the explicit, unedited version, with hypersexual and graphic lyrical content.
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What's the story?
TALK DIRTY is the international smash-hit single from pop/R&B star Jason Derulo's third studio album, 2013's Tattoos. Built around a Mediterranean-flavored sample from a track by Balkan Beat Box, this dance-floor dominator also features an appearance by rapper 2 Chainz, who stops by to remind the world that he still refers to women simply as "Big Booty" (a nod to his earlier line in "Birthday Song").
Is it any good?
The song is infectious and danceable with an exciting drop of a neat sample, but the message and lyrics are so tasteless that it's hard to appreciate the fun club energy Derulo conjures. Although no one should take 2 Chainz very seriously, his constant misogyny is a bit tiring, and a song about booties all over the world isn't exactly fresh or original. Even the "clean" version has explicit sexual content; some of the most graphic language is bleeped out, but the message is the same.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the obsession in hip-hop with female body parts and the mainstream popularity of songs about one-night stands and no-strings sex. Does this content reflect the values of our modern culture?
This collaboration marks Derulo's first song to feature a guest artist. Why do you think he enlisted party-rap hero 2 Chainz to contribute to his pop/R&B album?
Do you think it's possible to make music that embraces sexuality without encouraging reckless promiscuity? What are some examples of artists you would consider sex-positive?
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