31 Minutes to Takeoff

Common Sense Media says

Catchy pop/hip-hop album is free of graphic content.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Most of the messages here are somewhat dark and melancholy, dealing with cheating and broken hearts.

Positive role models

By producing music that sounds contemporary yet avoids graphic lyrics, Posner sets a good example.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

"Nobody told me I was dating a whore."

Language

A couple of s-bombs.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A few mild references to drinking: "I'm three shots deep and I ain't trying to sleep."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this album has a modern pop/hip-hop sound, it doesn't include the explicit lyrics that often come along with this genre. The worst the album offers is a couple of s-bombs and mentions of drinking, as well as some dark messages about tough romantic times. Otherwise, the record is OK for older tweens and teens. 

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

31 MINUTES TO TAKEOFF is the debut release from Mike Posner, a recent college grad looking to make his mark on the music scene. Creating music that's a mixture of pop and hip-hop with some rock and dance sounds thrown in, Posner spends most of his first album talking about his romantic troubles. Though there's no shortage of angst in these lyrics -- "I should have cheated on you, I was everything you wanted and more / I should have cheated on you, nobody told me I was dating a whore" -- they avoid the use of profanity or explicit descriptions to get their points across.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Compared to debuts from uber-creative peers like B.o.B, 31 Minutes to Takeoff seems more middle-of-the-road -- with a sound that's catchy if not super imaginative. That said, the crisp beats combined with Posner's light vocal tone (think Maroon 5's Adam Levine doing hip-hop) will earn this album plenty of radio play.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the message in the song "Gone in September," where Posner talks about wanting to be dedicated to one girl yet having a wandering eye. Is it realistic to expect young adults to enter into very serious, committed relationships so early in life? Why or why not?

  • Though promiscuity isn't ideal at any age, should it be more acceptable for young adults to hang out with a few different people rather than have to spend time with only one? Why or why not?

Music details

Artist:Mike Posner
Release date:August 7, 2010
Label:J Records
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

This review of 31 Minutes to Takeoff was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 13 years old Written bymannymateo10isback February 4, 2011
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 17 year old Written byhryhry September 24, 2010
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

good

good
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 July 22, 2012
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

31 minutes takeoff

Families can talk about the message in the song "Gone in September," where Posner talks about wanting to be dedicated to one girl yet having a wandering eye. Is it realistic to expect young adults to enter into very serious, committed relationships so early in life? Why or why not? Though promiscuity isn't ideal at any age, should it be more acceptable for young adults to hang out with a few different people rather than have to spend time with only one? Why or why not?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential School Tools