"Turn Me On" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

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
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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.
 

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Kids say

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, 11 years old June 21, 2013
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11
QUALITY
 

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
Kid, 9 years old May 22, 2013
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

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
Written byAnonymous January 16, 2013
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18
QUALITY
 

This is not for kids because of all of the sex.

This song has sex too. This song is not for kids once again.
What other families should know
Too much sex

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