Parents' Guide to

Def Jam Rapstar

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Rap music experience has iffy lyrics and videos.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 11+

Mostly okay for kids

This game really is not that bad. There is a few newer songs on the game that are not appropriate, all the swear words and drug refrences are edited. On the other hand, the game has mostly songs from the '80s and '90s. All of those songs are perfectly fine for people of all ages. I would have no problem buying this game for my child. I would try to moniter your younger children from playing some of the newer songs but other than that it is a fine game.

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 10+

DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY unless you old as hell

I think this game is FUN (for the first 15 minutes of it) I mean come on! This is rap there for it should be 17+ but they have it all bleep out and all stupid like. I mean come on, where is more 2pac, EMINEM (he isnt on there at all) WHAT! The best rapper since 2pac isnt on a rapstar video game! You have GOT to be kidding me! This game would have been the PERFECT video rap game if they had more now and days raps on there. I mean its fun if your like 40-50 years old maybe even in your 30's but people like me (22) its pretty boring. They have a FEW and I mean FEW good songs on there. Dont waste your money or your time playing this game. It was a HUGE let down...I mean come on some of these guys I have never even heard of, next time they make a game like these they should put 40+ on it! Run dmc? Real now? Get out of here with that they were big back in the 1980's

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (2):

Def Jam Rapstar is a good music game IF you are a fan of this kind of music. Songs range from classics like Beastie Boy's "Brass Monkey" and Run D.M.C.'s "Run's House" to 2Pac's "I Get Around" and Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" to today's hits, such as Drake's "Best I Ever Had" and T.I. (featuring Rihanna)'s "Live Your Life." Some major artists are missing, of course, such as Eminem and Jay Z. The core game is fun, with or without a friend, but the addition of an upload option, custom rap, and battle mode (compete for highest score) adds more bang for the buck. If parents are OK with the potentially offensive lyrics and imagery in the music videos, they will likely find this game an entertaining diversion for the teens in the home.

Online interaction: There is no online multiplayer mode but X360 and PS3 players can upload their own video creation using the console's cameras. This video creation option isn't available on the Wii version.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release date: October 5, 2010
  • Genre: Music & Dance
  • ESRB rating: T for Drug Reference, Mild Blood, Mild Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Lyrics, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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