A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
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What's the story?
"BILLIONAIRE" is the solo track by Travie McCoy, frontman for the hip-hop group Gym Class Heroes. Getting a vocal assist from singer Bruno Mars, McCoy rhymes about what he would do with a billion dollars. Aside from talking about "buy[ing] all of the things I never had," most of what McCoy describes are good deeds: "adopt a bunch of babies that ain’t never had s--t / give away a few Mercedes like, here, lady, have this / and last but not least, grant somebody their last wish." The explicit version of the song includes a few f- and s-words, as well as a reference to "hos," but otherwise, the tune is a fairly clean, upstanding choice for teens.
Is it any good?
"Billionaire" has a feel-good, Jack-Johnson vibe that gives it an appeal to fans of reggae, hip-hop, and mainstream pop alike. Mars' vocals are super smooth, as usual, and McCoy's delivery is solid -- if not quite as crisp as B.o.B's, his fellow rapper who also recently teamed with Mars in the track "Nothin' On You."