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"Whatever You Like" (CD single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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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?