"What's My Name" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Suggestive, steamy lyrics are too mature for younger kids.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 18 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The message here -- about an intimate encounter between a guy and girl -- isn't negative, but it's too sexual for young ears.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Both of the artists here have kept their images pretty clean, making their successful careers, rather than their personal lives, the focus of the media's attention.


Some fairly sexy lyrics, such as "only thing we have on is the radio ... the things we could do in 20 minutes, girl."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One line mentions "good weed and white wine."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single is about as sexually suggestive as a song can get without being graphic. With lots of very suggestive lyrics and a couple mentions of "weed" and "white wine," this tune is beyond the maturity level of tweens and younger teens. Parents may want to steer their younger kids toward more age-appropriate choices.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 and 9-year-old Written byKailiemino April 22, 2011

Great song, not for younger kids.

I have to admit I like this song. However having to hear my nine year old belt out the lines "Not everybody Knows how to work my body Knows how to make me... Continue reading
Adult Written byOriginal February 4, 2011
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 October 10, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written bypoe-ette August 15, 2012

I rated it not for kids because NOBODY should be exposed to this steaming pile of cr*p

So stupid. So menotonous. I wanted to blow my brains out. The entire song is composed of "Oh na na, what's my name" over and over and lots of stu... Continue reading

What's the story?

Superstar R&B singer Rihanna teams up with equally famous rapper Drake in "WHAT'S MY NAME," a track about the sexual connection between a guy and a girl. As usual, Rihanna's lyrics don't get into extremely graphic territory -- but they come pretty close. With lots of very suggestive lyrics (for example, "not everybody knows how to work my body, knows how to make me want it, but boy you stay up on it") \

Is it any good?

Most of Rihanna's songs tend to follow a similar musical formula, so it's refreshing to hear her break out of the box somewhat with the addition of Drake to this single. The combination of her smooth vocals with Drake's slick delivery and an infectious beat make this song likely to land in plenty of radio rotations.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how kids can deal with the pressure to have sex at a young age. How can teens respond to these pressures without giving in or being shamed by their peers?

  • Do you think Rihanna is a positive role model? How about Drake?

  • Do sexy lyrics encourage sexual behavior? How closely do you listen to lyrics?

Music details

  • Artists: Drake, Rihanna
  • Release date: October 31, 2010
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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