"Airplanes" (single featuring Hayley Williams)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Rap tune is cleaner than most; mild profanity, no violence.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 66 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

B.o.B sings about not getting caught up in fame and staying true to his art.

Positive Role Models & Representations

B.o.B keeps his music -- and his personal life -- fairly clean compared to many of his peers.


Explicit version includes "hell" and "s--t."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that aside from one s-bomb, the single includes no graphic language, references to sex, violence, and substances, or other adult content.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymoviemaker201 August 12, 2013


One of the best songs by B.o.B. Powerful, relatable, and great to listen to.
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 17, 2012

Great rap song!

This song is so awesome! It is catchy & cool! I really recommend it!
Teen, 15 years old Written byCooltiger37 September 6, 2018

Mostly clean pop-rap tune is great for kids (even in its explicit version)

This is probably one of the best hip-hop songs for kids to listen to, not just because it's extremely catchy, but also because it's unbelievably clean... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan August 3, 2018

Great song, but not quite for younger kids

I think this is a great song with a good message in it. Hayley Williams fits in nicely. But it is still best for older kids. "S--t" and "hell... Continue reading

What's the story?

AIRPLANES is the single by 19-year-old rapper B.o.B -- a.k.a. Bobby Ray Simmons -- that features guest vocals from Hayley Williams, lead singer of the pop punk band Paramore (an alternate version of the song includes both Williams and Eminem). In the tune, B.o.B explores the difficult side of fame, thinking wistfully back to the days before the "glitz and the glam and the fashion" when he was "rappin' for the hell of it." The approach follows the growing trend of young rappers like Kid Cudi, Drake, and others who express conflicted feelings about success. B.o.B keeps his music a bit cleaner than his peers: aside from two swear words, this single is free of adult content.

Is it any good?

Like his earlier single "Nothin' On You," "Airplanes" includes a combination of B.o.B's raps and singing by a guest artist. The latter is another successful experiment in merging two different musical styles, with the MC's crisp delivery complemented by Williams' smooth vocals and a cool, piano-based backdrop. An alternate version of the song adds Eminem to the mix, upping the cool factor even further. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the internal conflict that young artists like B.o.B confront in the face of newfound fame. What are the plusses and minuses of making it big in the music business?

  • How might young musicians be able to support themselves through music without having to compromise their artistic vision?

Music details

  • Artist: B.o.B.
  • Release date: May 11, 2010
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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