"Both of Us" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Rap and country stars collaborate in super positive song.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 7 reviews

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

Positive Messages

An exceptionally positive message about staying strong in the face of challenging times -- and becoming a better person because of them. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The best role models try to help friends through adversity by pointing out the positive. 


One bleeped-out "N" word.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Both of Us" is an extremely positive, clean song about seeing beyond the superficial -- money, clothes, reputation -- and using the tough times in life to become the best person you can be. With just one bleeped-out "N" word and no other questionable content, it's a great pick for tweens and teens.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNathan D. July 13, 2014

Both of us

Oh I'm only rating it 5 of 5 star because Taylor Swift is a wonderful song but I added it as 2 and up because well, Taylor Swift can be for anyone to liste... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan August 11, 2018

Great song that I feel should be fine for all ages

I think this is a great song. Taylor Swift fits in nicely. The song is clean and positive. Anyway, I highly recommend it for B.o.B fans.
Kid, 11 years old January 20, 2015

Rarest type of rap: The inspiring type

This song is so beautiful. B.o.B and Bridgit Mendler (she has one rap song) are the only rappers I know that make useful songs. Where has music gone to these da... Continue reading

What's the story?

"BOTH OF US" is the second single from Strange Clouds, the second record from rapper B.o.B. For this track, B.o.B teams up with country darling Taylor Swift. The two stay true to their wholesome roots here, with lots of positive, clean lyrics like "When you feel like you're just another person getting lost in the crowd / Way up high in the nosebleeds / Because we've both been there, yeah both of us / But we still stand tall with our shoulders up / And even though we always against the odds / These are the things that have molded us."

Is it any good?

B.o.B and Taylor Swift give particularly heartfelt performances in this track. B.o.B delivers his meaningful rhymes with what feels like special conviction, and Swift's light, lovely vocals sound especially uplifting. The end result is definitely among the most memorable tunes on the album.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the success of this collaboration between B.o.B and Taylor Swift -- two artists known for producing clean songs in their respective rap and country genres.  

  • Do you think this particular mix of rap and country works well? Why or why not? 

  • What do these two artists gain by being associated with each other?

Music details

  • Artists: B.o.B., Taylor Swift
  • Release date: May 1, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Award: Books
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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