"Billionaire" (single featuring Bruno Mars)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Edited version of reggae-rap tune is OK for younger teens.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 39 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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.


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


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKittypower July 30, 2011


I don't see anything wrong with it
Adult Written byninja master August 6, 2010

i wanna be a billonaire soo baddd

come on this is awesome music it only says the word f**k at the beinging come on
Teen, 13 years old Written byLassieLasagna16 November 7, 2017

Overall good message

The song has a few bad words but it is overall has a good message
Teen, 13 years old Written bycrosmary June 21, 2016

Really catchy, with F-bombs

If you are okay with some cussing then I think that it's a great song, super catchy and fun. It also does mention how he wants to donate toys to kids, adop... Continue reading

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."

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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