"Clique" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Rap titans celebrate spending, sex in explicit rap tune.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Wasting all of your hard-earned money on partying, prostitutes, and expensive toys is a negative message.

Positive role models

Song embraces excessive spending and a lavish lifestyle.

Not applicable

Mentions prostitution: "Freaky women I be feeling from the bank accounts I'm feeling."


Repeated use of "f--k" and "s--t."


Plenty of celebrity and product references, from Maybach to Gucci to Tom Cruise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Mentions drinking and a "drug-dealing cousin."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Clique" is a classic rap song in nearly every sense of the word: It features lots of profanity and bragging about how much many millions of dollars can buy, along with some racist comments ("You know white people get money, don't spend it ... I rather buy 80 gold chains and go ig'nant"). The iffy content (including mentions of drinking and prostitution) makes this track best for older teens and up.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Rap titans Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Big Sean team up in "CLIQUE," the fourth track from the first full-length album, Cruel Summer, released by the record label G.O.O.D. Music. Established in 2004 by West, the rapper Common, and R&B crooner John Legend, the label hosts a roster of musicians including artists like Kid Cudi, The Dream, and Pusha T.

Is it any good?


A haunting hook dominates this methodical track, with powerful performances by all three of these heavy-hitting rappers. Musically, the track showcases the infectious sounds that have made each of these artists famous. Too bad the content isn't appropriate for kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why so many rap songs glorify excessive spending? Can you think of other genres that also celebrate a lavish lifestyle?

  • What do you like about this track? The beat? The rhymes? The message?


  • How does "Clique" compare with other songs by Kanye, Jay-Z and Big Sean? 

Music details

Artists:Big Sean, Jay-Z, Kanye West
Release date:September 7, 2012
Label:G.O.O.D. Music
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Adult Written byLiamRandall September 29, 2012

Needs no review, speaks for itself.

I feel that at this point, the world knows what to expect from a standard rap album, let alone a product of Jay and Yeezey, but I guess it still needs to be reviewed. Ultimately, for all the criteria, this album should be on the far extreem of what is not apropriate for youth, and adults alike, but once again, you don't listen to Jay Z and Kanye because they will increase your IQ or because they're role models. People listen to them for it's entertainment value alone, that is all. There is nothing wrong with being entertained with stories of street knowledge or wealth and success, but it kills the motivation and the mind of the listener if they over indulge. That is why Jay Z and Kanye's music is not appropriate for growing youthful minds with potential to change the world. None the less, it is a terrific diversion for those mature enough to discriminate what the difference between what someone tells them, and what they should hold as personal beliefs.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byess16 October 6, 2012

good song

This is a good song that has bad words and drug references
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old September 28, 2012

Depends on your opinion of maturity

If you're even wondering if this song is appropriate for your kids, you're obviously new here. If you have ever heard a song by these artists, you should already know the answer. Language can definitely be expressed as a problem. Swearing every other line, it has quite a bit of consumerism. I don't think consumerism is your biggest problem in the song, though. It requires a mature audience. It's really up to you whether or not your child can listen to this song. Your child could be 17 but completely immature, or eleven and acting like an adult. If you really need an age related suggestion, i would say 13 or 14? I shouldn't even be listening to this song to be honest.
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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