"Beauty and a Beat" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Pop, rap titans team up in mildly suggestive track.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Bieber wishes to give "all the finer things in life" to his girl.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song is about wanting to impress the person you love.


Some suggestive lyrics, like "Body rock, girl, I can feel your body rock." Also a reference to grinding: "Buns out, wiener."


The word "bitch" appears in Minaj’s rap.


A reference to Selena Gomez.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There's a line that says, "hit 'em with the ether."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Beauty and a Beat" is more mature than earlier Justin Bieber songs but is among the tamest Nicki Minaj tracks. It includes the word "bitch," a few suggestive lines about dancing close and grinding, and loose talk about partying. There is a line about using ether.

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Parent of a 12 and 12-year-old Written byResponibleParentOf2 February 12, 2013


Nicki Minaj is again trying to corrupt America as she talks about grinding with a boy 10 years younger then her, and said boy, obviously filthily seduced by her... Continue reading
Adult Written byEthanDay1 December 6, 2012

Don’t Miss the Subtleties!

"Beauty and a Beat" (CD Single) as reviewed by Stephanie Bruzzese is lacking in thoroughness on a few points.

She indicates that substance use is n... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 21, 2013

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Teen, 13 years old Written byGirlygirl500 August 6, 2013

What's the story?

"BEAUTY AND A BEAT" is one of the growing mountain of singles released from Believe, the second full-length album of original material from teen superstar Justin Bieber. This particular track, which is about wanting to impress the beauty on his arm, features guest rhymes from notoriously edgy rapper Nicki Minaj.

Is it any good?

Justin Bieber's musical mentor, Usher, comes through loud and clear in the smooth, danceable beat of this track. Though it's not one of the strongest tunes on the album, the song is still well-suited for club rotation and radio play.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the musical chemistry between Bieber and Minaj -- two of the cleanest and raunchiest musicians around, respectively. Does it work?

  • Why would Bieber choose to collaborate with a notoriously risque rapper like Minaj? 


  • What would Minaj stand to gain from matching up with a squeaky-clean teen heartthrob like Bieber?

Music details

For kids who love hip-hop and pop

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