"Whatcha Say" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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R&B star cheats on his girl -- but admits his mistake.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 14 reviews

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Positive Messages

The take-away message here is not that people should be perfect, but that they should apologize when they inevitably do something wrong.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While the act of cheating itself is never great, Derulo distinguishes himself from the pack by admitting he made a mistake. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that though this song deals with a guy who's cheated on his girlfriend, it includes no swearing or explicit sex talk.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7, 9, and 11-year-old Written byasleymilsa41 September 26, 2010
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byDerrick99 September 24, 2010

Nothing wrong whatsoever

Good song good message
Kid, 11 years old April 7, 2013

Sae Wuuu??

It's speechless... It's my theme song... since I have a quote called "Sae Wuuu?"
Kid, 11 years old December 12, 2012


Okay, this song is kinda catchy, but that doesn't really mean it's good. Does Jason sing the "ooh whatcha say-ay" part? If he does, I'm... Continue reading

What's the story?

Simon Cowell isn't the only American Idol judge signing new artists beyond the show: judge Kara DioGuardi (who also serves as senior VP of A&R at Warner Brothers Records) is seeking out her own new talent, like 19-year-old Jason Derulo. DioGuardi recently signed Derulo to be the first artist on the new Beluga Heights / Warner Brothers label. After writing songs for huge stars like Lil Wayne, Pitbull, Sean Kingston, and Diddy, Derulo is going his own route with his new single WHATCHA SAY -- a track about a guy who cheats on his girl and then tries to get her back. Fortunately, Derulo refrains from describing the explicit details of his escapades and avoids foul language in general.

Is it any good?

Though Derulo falls back on the Auto-tune in parts of this song, he deserves props for his imaginative sampling in the single. Borrowing from the work of super-talented singer-songwriter Imogen Heap (who also fronts the trip-hop duo Frou Frou), he creates a smooth, catchy song that's somewhat reminiscent of an Usher tune. With that kind of vibe, it's easy to see how the single has become a big iTunes draw. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact celebrity role models have on kids and how you feel when someone you admire makes a mistake.

  • How does Derulo's message of apologizing for his transgression compare with the messages of some of his musical peers?

Music details

  • Artist: Jason Derulo
  • Release date: June 16, 2009
  • Label: Warner Brothers
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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