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I'm The One
A Quick Music Discussion Guide for Parents
05/31/2017

Dynamic ImageThe Song: I’m The One

Main Point of Discussion: While pursuing excellence and success can be a valuable motivation, it can also lead to ungodly and destructive pride and boasting.

Vital Info Before You Get Started: The following info should help you contextualize this very popular song so you can have a great discussion about it with your kids.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE TO PARENTS: We at The Source for Parents believe that certain elements in our youth culture can serve as good discussion jump starters with students. At the same time, we would never hope to introduce students to a negative influence that they haven’t already encountered. This balance is a delicate one. In our experience most students, churched and unchurched, keep pretty current with music and music videos. Thanks to YouTube, MTV.com, and iTunes, the most popular music videos and songs are free to access only a click away.

  • Since this song is so popular, your kids have most likely heard it. When you sit down to discuss this song, make sure to have a copy of the lyrics available (below). We’ve provided a link for the video as well, but we don’t recommend you show it to the whole family, as it is full of racy imagery. It is here for you, just in case you want to be informed of the content yourself. But you should be able to have a good discussion with just the lyrics for this song.

  • DJ Khaled has linked up with Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne and Quavo from Migos on his new track “I’m the One.” The video features executive production from Khaled’s son, Asahd. The video finds the crew stunting outside a lavish mansion, with fellow Migos members Offset and Takeoff also joining in the capers.

  • "I'm the One" debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100, earning DJ Khaled, Chance the Rapper, and Quavo (as a solo act) their first number one single in the US. It is the first hip hop song to do so since "Not Afraid" by Eminem in 2010.[1] It became Bieber's fourth chart-topper, following the first three singles off Purpose. Lil Wayne topped the chart for the first time since 2008 and third time overall.[11] The song also entered the UK Singles Chart at number one, becoming DJ Khaled's, Quavo's, Lil Wayne's, and Chance the Rapper's first, and Bieber's fifth chart-topping song.[12] It also entered at number one in Australia, Scotland, and Canada, and debuted in the top ten in various countries, including Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand (where it reached number one a week after its debut). (www.wikipedia.com)

  • Above all, don’t appear as if you have a “canned” discussion in your head and rattle off questions like a teacher giving a pop quiz—your kids get enough of that in school. This is a guide, primarily—not a verbatim script. Just familiarize yourself with the content here and start a conversation in the most natural, unforced way you know how.

The Music Video:
WARNING: We are not recommending you show this music video as it is full of racy imagery. We recommend just passing out the lyrics.

Song Lyrics:

"I’m The One"

(feat. Lil Wayne, Chance The Rapper, Quavo, Justin Bieber)

    [DJ Khaled:]
    We The Best Music
    Another One!
    DJ Khaled

    [Justin Bieber (DJ Khaled):]
    Yeah, you're lookin' at the truth, the money never lie, no
    I'm the one, yeah, I'm the one
    Early mornin' in the dawn, know you wanna ride now. (Let's ride.)
    I'm the one, yeah. (Let's ride.)
    I'm the one, yeah
    Yeah, you're sick of all those other imitators
    Don't let the only real one intimidate you
    See you watchin', don't run outta time now

    [Justin Bieber:]
    I'm the one, yeah, oh-eh-oh oh-eh-oh
    I'm the one oh-eh-oh oh-eh-oh
    I'm the only one oh-eh-oh oh-eh-oh
    I'm the one oh-eh-oh oh-eh-oh
    I'm the only one

    [Quavo:]
    Yo, yo. Quavo
    I'm the one that hit that same spot. Hit it.
    She the one that bring them rain drops, rain drops.
    We go back, remember criss-cross and hopscotch, hopscotch?
    You the one that hold me down when the block's hot, hot.
    I make your dreams come true when you wake up. Dream.
    And your look's just the same without no make up, eh.
    Had to pull up on your mama, see what you're made of. Mama.
    Ain't gotta worry 'bout 'em commas 'cause my cake up, hey
    You can run inside my life from that fame bus
    'Cause I promise when we step out you'll be famous, yeah
    Modern day Bonnie and Clyde what they named us. Why?
    'Cause when we pull up—prr prr—all angles

    [Justin Bieber (DJ Khaled):]
    Yeah, you're lookin' at the truth, the money never lie, no
    I'm the one, yeah, I'm the one
    Early mornin' in the dawn, know you wanna ride now. (Let's ride.)
    I'm the one, yeah. (Let's ride.)
    I'm the one, yeah
    Yeah, you're sick of all those other imitators
    Don't let the only real one intimidate you
    See you watchin', don't run outta time now

    [Justin Bieber:]
    I'm the one, yeah, oh-eh-oh oh-eh-oh
    I'm the one oh-eh-oh oh-eh-oh
    I'm the only one oh-eh-oh oh-eh-oh
    I'm the one oh-eh-oh oh-eh-oh
    I'm the only one

    [Chance The Rapper:]
    Okay, though
    She beat her face out with that new Chanel
    She like the price, she see the ice, it make her c**chie melt
    When I met her in the club I asked her who she felt
    Then she went and put that booty on that Gucci belt
    We don't got no label
    She say she want bottles, she ain't got no table
    She don't got no bed frame, she don't got no tables
    We just watching Netflix, she ain't got no cable. Okay, though.
    Plug, plug, plug, I'm the plug for her
    She want a nigga that pull her hair and hold the door for her
    Baby, that's only me, bitch, it okay with me
    Baby, okay, okay though

    [Justin Bieber (DJ Khaled):]
    Yeah, you're lookin' at the truth, the money never lie, no
    I'm the one, yeah, I'm the one
    Early mornin' in the dawn, know you wanna ride now. (Let's ride.)
    I'm the one, yeah. (Let's ride.)
    I'm the one, yeah
    Yeah, you're sick of all those other imitators
    Don't let the only real one intimidate you
    See you watchin', don't run outta time now

    [Justin Bieber:]
    I'm the one, yeah, oh-eh-oh oh-eh-oh
    I'm the one oh-eh-oh oh-eh-oh
    I'm the only one oh-eh-oh oh-eh-oh
    I'm the one oh-eh-oh oh-eh-oh
    I'm the only one

    [Lil Wayne:]
    Lookin' for the one, well, bitch, you're looking at the one
    I'm the best yet and yet my best is yet to come
    'Cause I've been lookin' for somebody, not just any-fu**in'-body
    Don't make me catch a body, that's for any and everybody
    Oh my God! She hit me up all day, get no response
    Bitch you blow my high, that's like turning gold to bronze
    Roll my eyes
    And when she on the molly she a zombie
    She think we Clyde and Bonnie but it's more like Whitney Bobby
    God forgive me
    Tunechi and finessin', I'm a legend
    Straight up out The Crescent, fly your bae down for the Essence
    For the record I knew Khaled when that boy was spinnin' records
    Moolah gang winning record, I'm just flexing on my exes, oh, God

    [Justin Bieber (DJ Khaled):]
    Yeah, you're lookin' at the truth, the money never lie, no
    I'm the one, yeah, I'm the one
    Early mornin' in the dawn, know you wanna ride now. (Let's ride.)
    I'm the one, yeah. (Let's ride.)
    I'm the one, yeah
    Yeah, you're sick of all those other imitators
    Don't let the only real one intimidate you
    See you watchin', don't run outta time now

    [Justin Bieber:]
    I'm the one, yeah, oh-eh-oh oh-eh-oh
    I'm the one oh-eh-oh oh-eh-oh
    I'm the only one oh-eh-oh oh-eh-oh
    I'm the one oh-eh-oh oh-eh-oh
    I'm the only one

    [Justin Bieber (DJ Khaled):]
    (Another one)
    Don't you know, girl, don't you know, girl
    I am the one for you (I'm the one), yeah, I'm the one
    Don't you know, girl, don't you know, girl
    I am the one for you (I'm the one), yeah, I'm the one
    Don't you know, girl, don't you know, girl
    I am the one for you (I'm the one), yeah, I'm the one
    Don't you know, girl, don't you know, girl
    I am the one for you (I'm the one), yeah, I'm the one

Three Simple Questions (with Answers You May Be Looking for):
    Q: When it comes to this song, what’s “I’m The One” about?
    A: I’m The One is an interesting combination of celebrating success and pride in status and material possessions. The all-star line up makes for an influential message of happiness being equated with achievement.

    Q: So many people in the culture believe in the message of this song- but is he right?
    A: American culture is largely founded on the ideas of success, achievement and possessions, but the Bible warns against making even good things into ultimate things, because that can lead to idolatry.

    Q: Why is the video/song so popular?
    A: There are few teenagers in the world who haven’t bought into the idea that these rappers have it all, and so the song reinforces their ideas about success and achievement.

Where to Take It from Here:
Wherever it feels natural. If these questions lead to a longer discussion on the topic, wonderful! (There’s a guide just after this paragraph that helps you do just that.) If your kids are barely uttering grunts, don’t get discouraged—the next time it feels right, try out another song. Keep engaging them.

For Deeper Discussion:
If your kids seem into diving in deeper, the following discussion guide can help take you there.

Want help getting your teenager engaged in conversation? CLICK HERE for a helpful article from our "Parenting Help" page providing you with 3 Essentials to Talking with Today's Teens.

Transitional Statement:
What’s that desire? To have the complete package of money, accomplishment, popularity, and possessions! When it comes to those categories, these guys have it all, which is why they can boldly proclaim “I’m the One” with brashness and bravado.

But are there any inherent negative outcomes to being “The One”? Let’s talk about it.


More Discussion Questions:
  1. HAVE ALL YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS ANSWER: Before we dive in, let’s all answer this question—Do you have a favorite rap artist? Are any of the rappers in this video one your favorite and if so, why?

  2. ASK A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS: What are a few things that all these rappers have in common besides friendship?

  3. ASK A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS: If you could trade places with any or all of the rappers, would you? Why or why not?

  4. ASK A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS: What are the guys saying specifically in these lyrics?
      Yeah, you're lookin' at the truth
      The money never lie, no
      I'm the one, yeah, I'm the one
      Early mornin' in the dawn
      Know you wanna ride now (let's ride)
      I'm the one, yeah (let's ride), I'm the one, yeah
      Yeah, and you sick of all those other imitators
      Don't let the only real one intimidate you
      See you watchin', don't run outta time now
      I'm the one, yeah

  5. ASK A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS: Do you think it’s OK for them to express pride in their success and accomplishments? Why or why not?

  6. Read the following passage from the Bible:

      Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV)

      This is what the Lord says:
      “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.

  7. ASK A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS: What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘boast’?

  8. ASK A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS: Why does it seem like God is so against boasting?

  9. ASK A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS: Do you think “I’m the One” is an example of boasting or just an expression of accomplishment?

  10. ASK A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS: What is the difference between boasting and simply being proud of your accomplishments?

  11. ASK A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS: What happens when we become too proud or boastful? Does anyone have a personal story regarding this?

  12. ASK A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS: If all boasting is wrong, then why does this passage say it’s OK to boast about understanding and knowing the Lord?

  13. HAVE ALL YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS ANSWER: How might ‘taking pride’ in knowing the Lord help us not fall prey to the dangers of boasting in our own accomplishments?

Wrap Up:
The message of “I’m the One” is at face value a celebration of material success and popularity. But on a deeper level, it would be wise for us to be conscious of how our own success and accomplishments can lead to a boastful pride that can often lead to negative consequences. This week, let’s remember what an incredible privilege it is to know the God who spoke the universe into existence, and ‘boast’ about that to others!

Close in Prayer

Written by Lane Palmer

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