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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.
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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.
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