"The Man" (CD Single)

Music review by
Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
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Energetic soul song is positive and clean.

Parents say

age 8+
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Kids say

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Positive Messages

Although the lyrics might seem a bit boastful, they're actually more about having confidence and seizing the moment.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song is definitively inspirational and positive, with Blacc proclaiming, "I've been through the worst, but I still give my best."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "The Man," by rising star Aloe Blacc, is a clean, catchy, and soulful anthem. The lyrics are vague but triumphant, with a few minor religious references such as, "God made my mold different from the rest" and "Be a king when kingdom comes." 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybabymonkee May 11, 2014

The Man

This song rocks! just some religous terms!Its clean,fun and positive song!!!

Teen, 13 years old Written byMerveille February 17, 2021


cleanest song in the 2010s
Kid, 11 years old April 11, 2014


Yeah I like this song it's catchy, clean, and I don't know it just gets your attention so listen to it!

What's the story?

THE MAN, by up-and-coming hip-hop/soul singer Aloe Blacc, was first released on his 2013 Wake Me Up EP. In January 2014, it zoomed up the charts after receiving national exposure as the soundtrack of a series of Beats by Dre headphone commercials featuring prominent athletes. The track is now set to be rereleased as part of Blacc's album Lift Your Spirit.

Is it any good?

Although the lyrics aren't exactly great poetry, they send a good message and are extremely catchy. The production is crisp and creative, with blistering horns and epic drums blended perfectly with Blacc's warm, smooth croon. Maybe he's not Marvin Gaye, but it's refreshing to hear someone with a retro sound with a new twist.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the power of commercials to influence the pop charts. "The Man" has become a huge hit since its inclusion in the Beats by Dre commercials. What do you think are the best ways for lesser-known artists to get attention these days?

  • How does hearing a song over and over in advertisements influence your opinion of it?

Music details

  • Artist: Aloe Blacc
  • Release date: December 24, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: R&B/Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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