"Nothin' on You" (CD single featuring Bruno Mars)

Common Sense Media says

Clean rap/R&B song is a great choice for older tweens.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

While B.o.B. talks about dating around in his past, he only has eyes for one girl in this song -- a positive message about commitment.

Positive role models

In his short time in the spotlight thus far, B.o.B. has kept his personal life clean.

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One use of the word "hell."


Mentions Nintendo 64.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although NOTHIN' ON YOU is largely a rap song, it's clean overall, with just one mention of "hell" and no references to sex, substances, or violence. While B.o.B does mention "chasing skirts" in his earlier days, he's committed to just one girl in this single.

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What's the story?

Nothin' On You is the hot rap/R&B single from Atlanta-born Bobby Ray Simmons, who goes by the stage name B.o.B. After putting out mix tapes and EPs for a few years, B.o.B was discovered by infamous rapper T.I. and signed to Atlantic Records, which will release his first full-length CD, B.o.B Presents the Adventures of Bobby Ray. The CD will feature this single about a guy who's finally found the right girl after "chasing skirts" in his past. With no references to sex, drugs, violence, or swearing beyond the word "hell," the song is a good choice for young kids who are into rap.  

Is it any good?


From the first sweet notes sung by guest vocalist Bruno Mars, Nothin' On You draws you in. The song's infectious hook combines a snappy tempo with airy synth beats -- an excellent compliment to B.o.B's crisp delivery of his rhymes and Mars' super smooth vocals. The end result lingers in the listener's mind long after the song is over. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the benefits of being in a committed romantic relationship. What are five positive things about sharing your life with just one person, as opposed to dating several at one time?

  • Despite the many positives about committed romantic relationships, should kids be of a certain age before they enter into them?

Music details

Release date:March 9, 2010
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byteamjacobgirl2.0 May 10, 2011

Bruno Mars hater :)

I really really really don't like Bruno Mars but, there's no way to aviod this song. So it doen't really matter if you like it or not you are forced to hear it.

Kid, 11 years old Written byDeega August 17, 2010

great combo of rythuim and blues and rap.

cmon people they only say he double hockey sticks once ok for kids.

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old Written byflip-lego version October 13, 2010

They cuss once, and it is the mildest one. I dont like bruno mars though. geez bob should sing with better people


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