"Bottoms Up" (CD single featuring Nicki Minaj)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Bottoms Up" (CD single featuring Nicki Minaj) Music Poster Image
So-so R&B song glamorizes drinking, violence, and spending.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 36 reviews

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

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 & Representations

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.


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


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


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


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The whole premise of this song is getting extremely drunk.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byclarence August 5, 2015
Adult Written byteddybear88 October 21, 2011


Bad, and naughty!
Teen, 14 years old Written byRapstar February 16, 2021

I like it

in the original video they drink and trey is talking about alcohol, and nicki says "bitch, 4x of the f word in a row, and muthaf--kin,
Teen, 13 years old Written byMerveille January 16, 2021

Not cool for kids but I listened to it when I was 5

Bottoms up is good but maybe I was not that kind of kid and it has cussing so if your child will repeat the same thing in the song 13+

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?

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.

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

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