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"2012 (It Ain't the End of the World)" (single featuring Nicki Minaj)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this song is an overall clean track that talks about putting your worries aside and trying to have fun. While the song includes a couple of lines about drinking, it keeps the central message on the inoffensive side, even with the addition of typically risque rapper Nicki Minaj -- resulting in a single that's an OK choice for younger teens.
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What's the story?
R&B singer Jay Sean is back with "2012 (IT AIN'T THE END)," a single that also features guest vocals from female rapper Nicki Minaj. Despite the appearance of the notoriously racy Minaj, Sean sticks with the clean approach that characterizes most of his songs -- describing a New Years' Eve scene that focuses more on forgetting your cares and having a good time than overdoing the substance use. Though the track includes a couple lines about "bottles poppin'," it's a primarily clean tune that's appropriate for younger and older teens alike.
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Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Jay Sean manages to remain popular among young fans even though his lyrics don't feature a lot of the bragging, sex, and substance use of his peers' music. What are the qualities of Jay Sean's music that you like most?
What lessons can other artists learn from Jay Sean about gaining popularity?