"The Time (Dirty Bit)" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Cleaner-than-usual tune from big-time hip-hop group.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 23 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Though this track makes a couple of fleeting references to substance use, overall it's a positive song about having some fairly clean fun.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Black Eyed Peas continue to produce songs that lack offensive content; they also work for positive change through several charity initiatives.

Violence
Sex

Mild: "The temperature has got these ladies getting freakier."

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One mention of drinking ("I just wanna take some shots!") and, in a nod to the Rolling Stones, "They call me Mick Jagger / I've been rolling like a stoned jet-setter."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single is a pretty clean, straightforward Black Eyed Peas song about dancing and having fun. While the track makes one mention of drinking shots and has a somewhat veiled reference to getting "stoned," it largely avoids graphic adult content. In the end, it's an age-appropriate choice for kids who like the Peas but are too young for their more mature tunes.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 20, 2012

Beyond epic!

I love this song so much! It is REALLY catchy and cool.The lyrics are pretty good as well.
Kid, 12 years old February 17, 2018

Great song, but too much for younger kids

I think this is a great song. But it is still best for older kids. There are no explicit lyrics, but there are some suggestive lyrics (commonsensemedia.org). Yo... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 3, 2011

good, but at the same time, dirty

A good song that anyone tween and up should be able to enjoy. Some suggestive lyrics like "ladies getting crazier" and some referencing to drinking. T... Continue reading

What's the story?

"THE TIME (DIRTY BIT)" is the first single from The Black Eyed Peas' sixth full-length album, "The Beginning." Content-wise, this tune follows familiar territory for the Peas, revolving around getting down on the dance floor. However, its lyrics are a bit less mature than previous Peas tunes, omitting profanity and going very light on references to substance use and sex. Examples include "Keep on rocking to the sound, turn it up and watch it pound ... Get hot in here, the temperature has got these ladies getting freakier." For younger audiences who like the Peas but aren't yet old enough for their more mature songs, this single is an age-appropriate choice.

Is it any good?

The single samples the classic song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from the '80s movie Dirty Dancing, giving it a feel-good sound that permeates the tune. While it's no surprise to hear the male vocals here tempered by the auto tune (as usual), even Fergie somewhat disappointingly employs the device to distort her typically solid vocals. That said, the track still has a foot-stomping beat that will appeal to legions of dance-loving Black Eyed Peas fans out there.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Parents can talk about how to have fun at a dance club without going overboard. What can young adults do to cut loose without engaging in sex and substance use?

  • What other places can kids dance their hearts out where they won't be tempted by adult behaviors?

Music details

For kids who love to dance

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