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"Turn Me On" (CD Single)

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Rap diva pairs with cool club DJ in fairly clean track.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

No positive or negative messages, only a somewhat mature summary of romantic behaviors between two adults.
 

Positive role models

This song is not meant to promote role models.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some light allusions to sexual situations: "Doctor, doctor, where you at? ... My body needs a hero, come and save me ... Make me come alive, come on, turn me on, touch me."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Turn Me On" seems tame compared with Nicki Minaj's (and David Guetta's) former releases. It contains no profanity, violence, or references to illegal substances, and it goes pretty light on the sex talk, including just a few charged lines like "Boy, I’m achin,' make it right / My temperature is super high / If I scream, if I cry, it’s only ’cause I feel alive." For younger kids just dying to hear Nicki Minaj music, this is one of her most acceptable picks. Note: the video is racier than the song.
 

What's the story?

Known for pairing up with some of the biggest singers and rappers in music, renowned DJ David Guetta collaborated with rap queen Nicki Minaj for his latest single "TURN ME ON." In contrast to most of Minaj's music, this track is downright clean -- offering just a few vaguely steamy lyrics, such as "Doctor, doctor, where you at? ... My body needs a hero, come and save me ... Make me come alive, come on, turn me on, touch me," and no other adult content or profanity.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

David Guetta is known for infectious beats, and this track is no exception. Most of the lyrics are sung by a solid female vocalist that some will be surprised to learn is Nicki Minaj, swapping her usual rapping for singing (to good effect). Die-hard Minaj fans, never fear: Minaj reverts to her typical frenetic rapping in the final verse.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Nicki Minaj's music has changed along with her rising popularity. As she has gained more mainstream fame, why might her music have become less explicit?

  • What other artists have toned down their music as they've grown more and more popular?

Music details

Artists:David Guetta, Nicki Minaj
Release date:January 9, 2012
Type:Single
Label:EMI
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 9 years old May 22, 2013

99.999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% CLEAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It says: " Father my young" and "Touch Me" and "Turn me on"!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old June 21, 2013

One of The Better Ones

This is one of the better Minaj songs. No bad words, only a little bit of sex talk, and for once, Nicki SINGS more than she RAPS!! FINNALY!!! Minaj has a very pretty voice, and I would like it if she showed it more often! Very upbeat song that easily gets stuck in heads.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 16 years old Written bySunnytigress December 26, 2015

Very sexual song, but catchy and addictive

First things first, I don't like rating for age, because I judge whether kids should listen to a song or not based on their maturity level, rather than age alone. So, if you are using this review as guidance, ignore the age rating I gave it and instead consider whether the given content is appropriate for YOUR child. Now let's look at the song. "Turn Me On"undeniably has a catchy, addictive melody (and I'll admit that the lyrics apply to that as well). It's not stellar, but it is certainly enjoyable. However, despite its appeal, it is all about a desire for sex, from start to finish. The lyrics aren't exactly subtle either. There are some real eyebrow-raisers here, and it gets pretty explicit "Doctor, doctor, need you back home in bed" "I just want you to father my young". Not exactly the kind of lyrics I'd want my children to be singing in public; so if you kids are likely to do that, I'd say avoid this one. It's also a bad example for teens, but most people of that age are old enough to understand that the behavior described in the song is not okay.
What other families should know
Too much sex