"The One" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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R&B queen pairs with hot MC on sizzling yet clean single.

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age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

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age 10+
Based on 10 reviews

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Positive Messages

Blige sings about being strong and confident, and her success demonstrates that these messages spill over into her real life -- making her a good example for young girls. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Blige manages to remain extremely hip without delving into risque topics like sex and drugs, proving herself to be good role model material.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this track is about as clean as it gets, offering no offensive language or references to sex, drugs, or violence -- just some back-and-forth about being the best choice of romantic partner out there.  

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Kid, 11 years old May 15, 2012


love this cd it's awesome
Kid, 12 years old May 1, 2010
A fun auto-tune song with a great rap with drake!

What's the story?

Reinventing herself once again, longstanding R&B queen Mary J. Blige is back with THE ONE, a new single in which she collaborates with Drake -- one of the hottest young MCs on the scene. As R&B songs go, this song is exceptionally tame, with lyrics that include nothing more than a lot of bragging on Blige's part about being the best woman out there: "Them other girls that you done been with, none of them got nothing on me / Ain't got my style, ain't got nothing on me, nothing on me / Way I walk, way I talk, my swagga." In response, Drake (whose group Young Money has been known for some pretty raunchy lyrics) delivers an innocuous rap about needing a woman who isn't "perfect" but will "make it all worth it."

Is it any good?

In light of Mary J.'s powerful pipes, it's disappointing to hear her succumb to the ubiquitous Auto-tune in this song. Fortunately, she doesn't rely on it throughout, spending most of the track showcasing the awesome vocals that have earned her a spot at the top of the R&B hierarchy. Drake performs equally well, rhyming with great timing and flair. The combination of the two performances result in an engaging track that appeals more and more with repeat listens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • What about Mary J. Blige has contributed to her reign at the top of the charts for so long?

  • Why would Mary J. choose to collaborate with Drake among all of the young MCs out there? 

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