"Airplanes" (single featuring Hayley Williams)

Common Sense Media says

Rap tune is cleaner than most; mild profanity, no violence.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

B.o.B sings about not getting caught up in fame and staying true to his art.

Positive role models

B.o.B keeps his music -- and his personal life -- fairly clean compared to many of his peers.

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Explicit version includes "hell" and "s--t."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that aside from one s-bomb, the single includes no graphic language, references to sex, violence, and substances, or other adult content.

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What's the story?

"AIRPLANES" is the single by 19-year-old rapper B.o.B -- a.k.a. Bobby Ray Simmons -- that features guest vocals from Hayley Williams, lead singer of the pop punk band Paramore (an alternate version of the song includes both Williams and Eminem). In the tune, B.o.B explores the difficult side of fame, thinking wistfully back to the days before the "glitz and the glam and the fashion" when he was "rappin' for the hell of it." The approach follows the growing trend of young rappers like Kid Cudi, Drake, and others who express conflicted feelings about success. B.o.B keeps his music a bit cleaner than his peers: aside from two swear words, this single is free of adult content. 

Is it any good?


Like his earlier single "Nothin' On You," "Airplanes" includes a combination of B.o.B's raps and singing by a guest artist. The latter is another successful experiment in merging two different musical styles, with the MC's crisp delivery complemented by Williams' smooth vocals and a cool, piano-based backdrop. An alternate version of the song adds Eminem to the mix, upping the cool factor even further. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the internal conflict that young artists like B.o.B confront in the face of newfound fame. What are the plusses and minuses of making it big in the music business?

  • How might young musicians be able to support themselves through music without having to compromise their artistic vision?

Music details

Release date:May 11, 2010
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:Yes

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Adult Written bybopfan101 January 22, 2011

do not listen to this song

this song is bad on soooo many levels

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written bySage_U February 18, 2011

Beautiful song! Amazing!

Paramore's Hayley Williams and B.O.B have put together the most amazing song ever!
This song has such a good message, and sense it has singers/rappers popular with teens, you don't have to worry about what your teens are listening to! :)

What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 10 years old Written byflip-lego version October 13, 2010

See lyrics in my review to decide

Heyley williams isnt that good, but B.o.B is so good! It would have been a bit better if B.o.B had done it with a different singer, but at least it wasnt with justin bieber. Its not innapropriate either, probably PG rated. Here are the lyrics-H.W-can we pertend that airplanes in the night sky are shooting stars, i could really use a wish right now, wish right now, wish right now X2
Bob-Yeah, i could use a dream or a geine or a wish, so go back to a place much simplier than this, cuz after all the partyin and smashin and crashin, and all the glitz and the glam and the fashion, the comes a time when you fade to the blackness, and when you starin at the phone in your lap and you hopin but them people never call you back. But thats just how the story unfolds you get another hand soon after you fold, and when your plans unravel in the sand what would you wish for if you had one chance? so airplane airplane sorry im late, im on my way so dont close that gate. if idont make that then i switch my flight and ill be right back at it by the end of the night.
bob-yeah, sombody take me back to the day, before this was a job before i got paid, before id ever cared what i had in my bank, back when i was tryin to get it that sub-way and back when i was rappin for the **** of it, and nowdays we rappin to stay relavent, i guessin that if we can make some wishes outta airplanes then maybe yo maybe ill go back to the day. before im tryin to cover all my slang, that this never knew booby ray. so can i get a wish, to end the polotics, and get back to the music that started this ****. so when im stayin and when i stay, im hopin we can make some wishis outta airplanes.

im not sure the lyrics were 100% accurate, but therye still good enough.

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models


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