Hip-Hop Abstinence

If you're eager to build bridges with teens about hip-hop music, check out the lyrics to a song by Lyfe Jennings called S.E.X. that's climbing the charts:

Hustlers on the block go crazy when you lick ya lips
But they just want relation
They don’t want relationship
(welcome to the real world)
It ain’t the same
Fellas old enough to be ya daddy know ya name
Everybodys talking’ ‘bout how much that girl done changed
Can’t quite put ya finger on it
But you feelin’ strange
Like its fire in your veins

Girl it’s just your
Ain’t no more secret
And Daddy gone go crazy when he finds out that his baby’s found her
Take a deep breath
And think before you let it go (let it go)

[Verse 2]
The block is packed
Baby gotta attitude and proud to holla back
Momma’s givin’ advice but she ain’t tryna hear that
Not because its wrong, just her delivery is wack
(Shay get ya behind in this house, if I see you with another boy, I swear)
Life is rough,
You say that you’re not ready for sex, but you’re in love
He says if you’d really loved him, you would give it up
Mamma says that’s just a line guys use to get ya stuff
Which one will you trust?


[Verse 3]
Eh yo Lyfe, she may take it better coming from a woman (Give it to her)
See he’ll tell you all kind of things to get in your pants, yeah
Baby it’s a fact, that once it’s gone you’ll never get it back (never get it back)
Hold on, to your innocence
Use your common sense
You’re worth waiting for (You’re worth waiting for)
Be strong
Honey don’t give in
Blessing come with patience
Until we meet again, I’m praying, for you

"...It's not like people are coming up to me like, 'I love the song because of the melody,'" says the singer. "They come up to me and say, 'That song made me want to keep my virginity.'... And I think that's the greatest thing, to have a person who can love the melody but also love the message."

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