"2012 (It Ain't the End of the World)" (single featuring Nicki Minaj)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Clean, carefree fun is the topic of this R&B track.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 14 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Encouraging people to forget their troubles for a night and try to enjoy life, this tune sends a positive message about letting go of stress.

Positive Role Models & Representations

By producing music with a current sound yet clean lyrics, Jay Sean is a positive alternative to the many envelope-pushing young artists out there.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple references to drinking, but nothing too extreme.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 and 13-year-old Written bySokrr November 16, 2010

Great song, catchy and clean

Another great, clean song by Jay Sean! Very tame, even for a party song. The "worst" is "poppin bottles till we can't stand"
Teen, 14 years old Written bylafrancophile March 14, 2020

Hooray - Nicki Minaj CAN be clean!

I am a fan of Nicki Minaj songs, such as Starships and Pound the Alarm, but I don't like swearing and she swears ALOT, so it's great to hear a complet... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 15, 2018

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.

Is it any good?

Though Jay Sean has the slick look of a music star, he doesn't quite have the pipes of R&B peers like Chris Brown or Bruno Mars. That said, "2012" still has a fun, club-friendly sound that will make for plenty of good dance-floor remixes.

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?

Music details

  • Artist: Jay Sean
  • Release date: October 3, 2010
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Cash Money Records
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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