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"Billionaire" (single featuring Bruno Mars)

Edited version of reggae-rap tune is OK for younger teens.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though the song starts out as if it's going to be completely materialistic ("I wanna be a billionaire so f--king bad"), it actually turns out to be a song about all the good you could do with all that money.

Positive role models

Advocating for doing good with a lot of money is a positive message to send to kids. However, parents should note that McCoy has had some personal troubles in the past, including substance use and an arrest for battery.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language

Explicit version uses the f-bomb and "s--t;" also includes the word "ho."

Consumerism

Some name-dropping, including Oprah, Forbes magazine, Mercedes, and Brad Pitt.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this song initially appears to be a single about materialism, it's ultimately a song about using wealth to help others. Though the track is pretty clean overall, the explicit version drops a couple f- and s-bombs, as well as the word "ho."

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?

QUALITY

"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."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the many positive things that can be done with wealth. What are five things a wealthy person could do to better the lives of those who are less fortunate?

  • If you were rich, what would you do with your money?

Music details

Artist:Travie McCoy
Release date:April 1, 2010
Label:Fueled by Ramen
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:Yes

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 15, 2012

billionaire single featuring bruno mars

track "Nothin' On You." Families can talk about the many positive things that can be done with wealth. What are five things a wealthy person could do to better the lives of those who are less fortunate? If you were rich, what would you do with your money?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Kid, 6 years old November 24, 2013

An Umer Made

Good reggae rap song with mature words like f**k. Edited voices and great singing. 8.0
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old August 27, 2010

neither versions are scoot free of langauge, but its a good song

Both songs have langauge issues, so if you dont like langauge neither versions are for you, but if you can handle some the clean version is ok, and if you simply dont care the explicit version is. The explicit version has 3 f bombs, a s word, and a D word, where as the clean replace the F word with fri-kin and still has a d word but no s word. hope this helped.
What other families should know
Too much swearing