"Whatever You Like" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Rapper rewards sexiness with material things.
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The premise of the song equates sex and being sexy with getting luxury items and lots of money. "You know them old sugar daddies, they be trickin', they tell them girls, I said you can have whatever you like." In other words, it tells girls that they can and should use their bodies to get fancy things.

Violence
Sex

"Late night sex, so wet, it's so tight" is part of the chorus and is repeated four times in the song.

Language

The "N" word is said three times.

Consumerism

The song is all about living lavishly and spending lots of money. "Want it, you can get it, my dear, Five million dollar homes, drop Bentleys, I swear, yeah... Five, six rides with rims and a body kit, You ain't gotta downgrade, you can get what I get, My chick can have what she want, Can go to any store, buy any bag she want."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The chorus includes two references to alcohol: "Stacks on deck, Patron on ice, and we can pop bottles all night."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song basically says that if people (particularly women) are hot and have a nice body, someone else will buy them anything they want. The lyrics proceed to list off many of the things -- from mansions and sports cars to fine liquor and clothes -- that a woman could get from hooking up with the right guy. In the video, a girl working in a fast food restaurant is whisked off to live the good life, dressing in sexy clothes, drinking Patron, and being showered with gifts. But in the end these Lifestlyes of the Rich and Famous scenes are all just a daydream of a female fan.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9 year old Written bywillowfaierie July 7, 2009
baby i can treat you so special so nice and n-word is changed to joker
Adult Written byDarion aka lih man November 28, 2008

my cd list

I like this song because it make me think about my last gf.
Teen, 16 years old Written bycinnagurl January 12, 2014

Whatever You Like

I have loved this song for 4 years and now according to Common Sense I am old enough to listen to it :) this is a sexy song and this is the only issue. Languag... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byjakek6 August 25, 2009

The edited version is more appropriate.

The edited version would be on for 13+. But i rated this on for 15+ because in the chorus they say... "late night sex, so wet and so tight" and they a... Continue reading

What's the story?

The first single from T.I.'s upcoming album THE PAPER TRAIL, this single is a mid-tempo harmonic rap about a boyfriend (T.I.) who lavishes gifts on his hot, sexy girlfriend. The single was produced by Jim Jonsin of Lil' Wayne's "Lollipop" fame. It also includes samples from the Rocky II theme.

Is it any good?

T.I. lets his melodic vocal skills shine on this simplistic, indulgent track. Playing the sugar daddy character in the song, he moves between smooth vocals ("100K deposits, vacations in the tropics, everybody know it ain't trickin' if you got it") to deliberate staccato raps (I want yo' body body, need yo' body body). The track seamlessly incorporates the Rocky II samples, making this a radio-friendly light rap song.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the messages that this song sends to women about body image, self-respect, and relationships. Families can also discuss how the media portrays wealth. Do you think most rappers live the extravagant lifestyle that they claim? Would you prefer to have someone buy you a fancy house or car, or would you like to earn it yourself?

Music details

  • Artist: T.I.
  • Release date: August 19, 2008
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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