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"Airplanes" (single featuring Hayley Williams)

Rap tune is cleaner than most; mild profanity, no violence.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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

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

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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. 

Families can talk 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

Release date:May 11, 2010
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:Yes

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Adult Written bymoviemaker201 August 12, 2013


One of the best songs by B.o.B. Powerful, relatable, and great to listen to.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old November 28, 2013

Airplanes B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams

In this song, it has lyrics like ''I'm on my way so don't close that gate If I don't make that then I'll switch my flight And I'll be right back at it by the end of the night'' and ''Befo' it ever mattered what I had in my bank'' and more.'' PLUS: It has a good beat and it's really a good song.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written bymusicfan3418 March 3, 2012

Great song!!!

1 use of s**t, and h*ll.
What other families should know
Too much swearing