"Wild Ones" (CD Single)

 
Hip-pop party anthem celebrates living on the edge, drinking

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The message about wanting to be a "wild one" and trying new things isn't necessarily bad. However, the definition of being wild that is shown in the video -- careless risk taking, partying, and jumping out of airplanes --  may not be the message you want to sent to your teens.

Positive role models

Flo Rida likes to party, drink, kiss pretty girls, and skydive over Dubai.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some innuendo in the lyrics ("I'm a wild one, break me in" and "If I took you home it'd be a homerun") as well as minimally-dressed dancing females and some kissing in the video.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Video is basically a commercial for Dubai tourism, as Flo Rida jumps out of airplanes, glides across the sand in dune buggies, and cycles through the country.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Song talks about "shutting down the club," "got a hangover like too much vodka," and "bottoms up with the champagne." The video shows Flo Rida with lots of friends drinking and partying in the club, with close-up shots of bottles and booze.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Wild Ones" has some minor innuendo, suggestive lyrics, and glamorizing of drinking and partying. The video shows some drinking and major risk-taking (sky-diving over Dubai), but it also makes you want to make each moment count and live life to the fullest. OK for older teens.

What's the story?

Just in time for warmer weather, Flo Rida releases his contagious club beat, "WILD ONES." Featuring indie-rock darling Sia, the single makes you want to live life to the fullest. The video follows Flo Rida on a dash around Dubai, jumping out of airplanes, partying in the clubs, racing cars, and driving across the beaches.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

It's hard not to like Flo Rida's "Wild Ones," especially after you see the video. In the first ten seconds, he leaps out of an airplane with a smile on his face and soars above the Palm Islands in Dubai. Singing, "Oooo oooo, so I gotta be the man, I'm the head of my band," it makes you want to go along for the ride. Sia's hook is the perfect complement to the hip-hop beat. Expect to hear this tune blasted from clubs, cars, and teen bedrooms everywhere.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the pros and cons of risk-taking. When is it OK to take a chance and when is it foolish? Can you think of some times when you took a risk or when you chose to play it safe? What was the outcome?

  • What do you think the message of this song is at first listen? Does that change when you see the video? If so, how?

  • It's not uncommon for hip-hop or rap stars to pair up with other singers that they might otherwise have nothing in common with. What do you think about the fact that indie singer Sia sings on this track with Flo Rida? Do you think it's a good match? Why or why not?

  • What are the consequences of underage drinking?

Music details

Artists:Flo Rida, Sia
Release date:March 1, 2012
Type:Single
Label:Atlantic
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old March 14, 2012
age 12+
 

Good song

Too much drugs.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old May 12, 2014
age 5+
 

15? Really?!

the only drug/drinking lines in the song are "got a hangover like too much vodka", something about champagne, and "ready to get high". as for sex "running with wolves and i'm on the prowl" and something about taking your clothes off is about it!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 8 years old July 10, 2013
age 2+
 

crazy!

think this is crazy!

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