"23 (ft. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J)" (CD Single)

Music review by
Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
"23 (ft. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J)" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Miley, Wiz, and Juicy J rap about sneakers and getting high.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Lyrics encourage buying sneakers and partying. That's about it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Cyrus continues to flaunt her party-girl image while proud potheads Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa have never exactly been sterling role models.

Violence

Wiz makes one reference to having "choppers if they wanna try me," meaning he has AK-47s ready to use against his opponents.

Sex

Cyrus says, "I back it up / Cuz I don't give a f--k." Juicy J boasts that he has "three bitches that go bi" and that he's "gettin' head like a blow-dryer."

Language

One use of the word "f--k," one of "bitches."

Consumerism

The entire song is about owning various rare types of Nike Air Jordan basketball shoes. Also mentions shoe stores Flight Club and Hypebeast as well as Converse ("Taylors"). 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Three famous stoners make plenty of marijuana references, including "high off purp," "got a joint if you wanna get stoned," and "I'm so high." Juicy J also refers to "purple in my cup" (codeine cough syrup), in addition to several exclamations of the phrase "turn up," which means "get intoxicated."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "23" is a party song about wearing Nikes, getting intoxicated, and looking cool at the club. It features the first recorded rap verse from Miley Cyrus, who blends right in with her hip-hop collaborators, boasting about sneakers and "drinking out the bottle." There is profanity ("f--k" and "bitch"), as well as plenty of sexual references ("gettin' head like a blow-dryer"). There are also numerous drug references. The music video shows a scantily clad Miley smoking cigarettes in a high school bathroom and dancing around suggestively in the bleachers at a basketball game.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHello2222 November 27, 2013

NOT FOR KIDS

This song has language and sexual references and strong drug references . The song is about getting high off of drugs and we see Miley Cyrus smoking a joint. Th... Continue reading
Adult Written byRosebud95 October 29, 2013

Kinda boring

Especially since they seem to think that this song is "swaggy"
Teen, 17 years old Written byCloudIsC00L723 October 30, 2013

It's a rap song about OWNING A PAIR OF SHOES! ARE YOU SERIOUS!?

I can think of 5 reasons why this song is awful: 1. (Read the title of this review) 2. Boring, generic beat 3. Miley Cyrus rapping??? 4. "Mike Will Made-It... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 3, 2013

Stupid, bad, not good influence for kids!

23 can be catchy, but the overall lyrics is bad and ridiculous. The entire thing is basically about wearing Jordans. They are making themselves sound cool just... Continue reading

What's the story?

"23 (FT. MILEY CYRUS, WIZ KHALIFA & JUICY J)" is the first single from the major-label debut of go-to hip-hop producer Mike WiLL Made It, the beat maker behind such infamous strip club favorites as Juicy J's "Bandz A Make Her Dance" and Lil Wayne's "Love Me." Apparently, the rappers recorded their verses first, followed by the late addition of Cyrus after working with Mike WiLL on her hit single "We Can't Stop." The hook, "J's on my feet," refers to Nike Air Jordan basketball shoes, which have been a cultural touchstone in hip-hop for decades.

Is it any good?

Fans of mainstream rap will thoroughly enjoy this fun and goofy track, which is built around a cool beat and a dumb concept. Cyrus fans may or may not be horrified, depending on how receptive they are to the "new" Miley, who seems to revel in twerking, smoking, and hanging out with her hip-hop buddies. Wiz Khalifa turns in a typically uninspiring verse, while Juicy J effectively sticks to his formula, adding a little life to the party. The lyrics throughout are a blatant appeal to the materialistic masses, but that's pretty standard in contemporary hip-hop.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the use of brand names in hip-hop lyrics. Why are artists and listeners seemingly so attracted to songs that directly mention types of shoes, cars, and clothes?

  • Why do you think Miley Cyrus has shifted from a tween-focused pop sound to a trap/hip-hop style more popular with her peers?

  • Do you think female pop stars need to be controversial and hypersexualized to get buzz and maintain popularity in today's media climate?

Music details

For kids who love rap and club tunes

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