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

Common Sense Media says

Miley, Wiz, and Juicy J rap about sneakers and getting high.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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


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


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."


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


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."

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.

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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.

Families can talk 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

Artist:Mike WiLL Made It
Release date:September 10, 2013
Label:Interscope Records
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Written byAnonymous November 12, 2013

Mike WiLL Didn't make it. Not for the Kids. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, & Juicy J. WOW! 3 Rappers & 1 Singer trying to be one.

Violence 3/10: Wiz Khalifa says he uses Choppers (Gun) AK-47s. This is a very bad song for kids to listen too. Sex 7/10: Miley Cyrus & Juicy J. both say sexual things in this song. Language 6/10: 1 F-Word (Miley Cyrus used) & 1 B-Word (Juicy J. used.) Consumerism 9/10: Talking about buying Shoes in this song & a lot more stuff in it. Drinking, Drugs & Smoking 10/10: Miley Cyrus talks about Purple Drank which is an illegal drug. They also talk about weed which is another illegal drug on top of that. They all want to Turn Up which is fail because this song is the worst song ever. Overall 35/50: An Evil Song for any kids and/ or Teens. This song has a Bad Messages & Role Models. I say a Super Strongly Mature 25+ of a Song. Plus I don't think No One Under 25 shouldn't be listen to this song. A good 30+ if they don't mind listen to this song. Again No One Under 25 don't listen to this song.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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 because they wear Jordans and they seem to think they are so cool. Kids might think that going to the club and drinking out the bottle is "cool", that's the way Miley seems to put everything. Horrible song for kids!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byCloudIsC00L723 October 30, 2013


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" is the stupidest stage name I've ever seen. 5. Disrespect towards a basketball legend. Do not buy this song. Do not support Miley. Do not support corny rap music.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written bypeteralmighty23 May 19, 2014

good, not any message

Its a very good song but sends the wrong idea for Miley /cyrus who did a teen tv show, it talks about getting backed up, and talking how three bitches go bi, whole song talks about getting high, and shoes, and purp, and language used is bitch, and one f***, and one line about choppers which is AK47
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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