"Beauty and a Beat" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Pop, rap titans team up in mildly suggestive track.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

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

Language

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

Consumerism

A reference to Selena Gomez.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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? 

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

Music details

Artists:Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj
Release date:June 19, 2012
Type:Single
Label:Island Def Jam
Genre:R&B
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old July 1, 2012
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10
QUALITY
 

Good

Good song but has one mention of "b***h" in the rap
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 July 7, 2012
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

beauty and a beat cd single

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?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written byAnimeGirl8 July 26, 2012
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12
QUALITY
 

Great Song but...

This is a great song and Beliebers will melt over Justin's falsetto and held out notes! The only problem is that Niki Minaj says bitches and the lyrics 'buns out, wiener' Also, Justin say 'body rock, girl I can feel your body rock,' I don't feel comfortable listening to this song with my 9 year old cousin but it's great for kids my age!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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