"Bottoms Up" (CD single featuring Nicki Minaj)

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So-so R&B song glamorizes drinking, violence, and spending.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Not only does this song talk about getting super intoxicated, but it also glamorizes the violent behavior that often accompanies excessive drinking.

Positive role models

Even if they don't live the lifestyles they're advocating in this song, Trey Songz and Nicki Minaj eliminate themselves from the role-model running with such an irresponsible tune.

Violence

Glorifies carrying weapons -- like .380 guns and Louisville Slugger baseball bats.  

Sex

Nothing extreme, but lots of references to girls and sexuality.

Language

Nicki Minaj uses the f-word repeatedly in her lines.

Consumerism

Mentions several alcohol brand names, and Mercedes Benz. Glamorizes spending.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The whole premise of this song is getting extremely drunk.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this tune is decidedly off-limits for most kids. The whole song glamorizes getting drunk in the clubs, showing off how much money you have, and brandishing weapons like guns and baseball bats. It's exactly the kind of song that parents would not want their kids to hear.

What's the story?

R&B vocalist Trey Songz fixates on drinking once again in his single "BOTTOMS UP." Like his previous track "Say Aah," Songz focuses once again on drinking being the cool thing to do, along with spending lots of money in the club and trying to show how strong you are by waving around guns and baseball bats. With an assist by notoriously steamy female rapper Nicki Minaj, the tune gets even racier. Any teen -- or adult, for that matter -- would be ill-advised to absorb the messaging in this song.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Unfortunately, "Bottoms Up" doesn't redeem itself musically, since as a singer, Trey Songz is no Chris Brown. The mediocre vocals merely add to the run-of-the-mill flavor of this whole song: boring, overdone swagger coupled with a boring, overdone hook and so-so singing. Nicki Minaj delivers her rhymes with talent, but the disappointing messages behind the words make it difficult to concentrate on her performance.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Trey Songz thinks that drinking and violence are ways to gain respect. How can engaging in both of these things actually make people disrespect you?  

  • What are five positive behaviors you can engage in that would make others look up to you?

Music details

Artist:Trey Songz
Release date:September 20, 2010
Label:Atlantic
Genre:R&B
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 12 years old January 6, 2011
Not the best song for kida but the "A" and the "N" word are very mixed over so they are not detectable. The only thing would be for Nicki's line
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old February 22, 2012

Gimme a BREAK!

Most kids don't even know what they're listening to. It's a Nice beat-y song. Get over it. If you don't like the cussing, get the clean version. Kids don't listen to,: Pretty Ponies, Sunshine and Lollipops, Rainbows,Gummi-Bears.Kids are going to listen to this stuff!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written byusherrocksworld3 October 20, 2010

bad

the song is good however the video is bad so i call it 14 + however muture audiences 10-13
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Too much sex
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