"Am I Wrong" (CD single)

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Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
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African-infused pop from Norwegian duo is clean, uplifting.

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Positive Messages

The lyrics are all about following your dreams and believing in yourself, asking, "Am I wrong for trying to reach the things that I can't see?" It's also about fighting for your own beliefs and not concerning yourself with anyone else's expectations.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The talented duo emphasize a positive view of Africa in the majestic music video, which shows them traveling around the continent and interacting with locals. Kids can look up to these artists who are encouraging them to fight for their dreams and find solidarity with others who also are living by their own code: "Fight for yours and don't let go / Don't let them compare you, no / Don't worry, you're not alone / That's just how we feel."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The lyric "Am I tripping for having a vision" could be interpreted as a reference to having a psychedelic experience, but it seems clear the artists are using the term in its colloquial definition; "tripping" doesn't only evoke drug use, and most young kids won't hear or know the psychedelic reference. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Am I Wrong" is a positive and uplifting pop song with African rhythms from Norwegian hip-hop duo Nico & Vinz about thinking outside the box and chasing dreams. The beautifully shot music video is footage of the duo traipsing around Botswana interacting with locals and marveling in the grandeur of Victoria Falls. This is a solid song for tweens and up. 

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Teen, 16 years old Written bysamantha19 June 22, 2018
Generic, overplayed song.
Teen, 17 years old Written byrebma97 July 13, 2014

Really catchy, cool song

I rellly love the music in this song. I'm not familiar with the artist, but I'll have to look out for them next time since I really liked this song! P... Continue reading

What's the story?

AM I WRONG is the first single released in the U.S. by Norwegian pop/hip-hop duo Nico & Vinz. The song is about following your dreams and not conforming to anyone else's ideals or expectations, an empowering message for kids of all ages. Originally released in the spring of 2013, the song was reissued by Warner Bros. in 2014 and surged up the charts, due in large part to the viral success of its beautifully shot music video, which depicts the group's travels around Botswana and Victoria Falls.

Is it any good?

The tune is catchy, the beat is crisp and complex, and the lyrics are hopeful and universal. The production is top-notch, giving the Central African high-life guitar sound a modern upgrade, fusing it with elements of hip-hop and house music (and maybe even some hints of Sting and The Police). It's a decidedly good-vibes track, and it's easy to forgive the at-times contrived lyrics and occasionally goofy music video.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the influence of African music on styles around the globe, from hip-hop to mambo to jazz and beyond. How has the African diaspora contributed to the spread of rich musical traditions?

  • Do you think it's becoming easier for international artists to have success in the U.S. market? How has the global reach of the Internet and the sharing of viral videos changed the ways in which artists attract attention?

Music details

  • Artist: Nico & Vinz
  • Release date: April 1, 2014
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: R&B/Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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