"Coming Home" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Coming Home" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Rap kingpin reflects on life in clean yet mature tune.
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

Parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive messages

While the tone is somewhat harsh at times (with Diddy saying he "hates" several things), it's a generally thoughtful song that offers some positive introspection on what makes life truly meaningful.

Positive role models & representations

By examining the things in life that matter most, this song exhibits positive qualities.

Violence
Sex

Some light references to spending the night with different women.

Language

One use of the word "s--t."

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

A couple mentions of drinking. For example, "pour out some liquor."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Coming Home" is a track that doesn't include explicit language (except for one "s--t") or descriptions of sex, substances, or violence. However, it covers some pretty heavy topics -- such as why a father hasn't married the mother of his children. It's nowhere near the maturity level of many other rap songs, but it's still too intense for younger kids.

User Reviews

Parent Written by5940india January 22, 2011
I luv this song it sounds fun to me cause this girl is coming home with her bofriend and I gust they will spend time with each ether
Kid, 10 years old November 20, 2011
Kid, 8 years old July 2, 2011

listen to it first

Its Great! Just The S Word And The D Word some other innapropriate stuff as well i shouldn't mention

What's the story?

COMING HOME is a single from Last Train to Paris, the fifth full-length album from rap juggernaut Diddy. With an assist from soulful singer Skylar Gray, Diddy gets introspective about his choices thus far in life, and whether they were the best ones. He doesn't use a lot of foul language (aside from one "s--t") or talk much about sex and substances, but his topics are still pretty mature at times -- for instance, "What if the twins ask why I ain't marry their mom?" -- putting the song beyond the reach of younger audiences.

Is it any good?

"Coming Home" features a slow yet intense beat that fits the pensive mood of its lyrics. The addition of Skylar Gray's plaintive vocals further complements the song's thoughtful feel -- leaving listeners thinking similar thoughts about their own lives after the music ends.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how many artists use their music to express their feelings. Is it appropriate to share these thoughts, or is it just airing dirty laundry?

  • Is it a good thing that Diddy uses this single to get some important messages across to his family? Why or why not?

Music details

  • Artist: Diddy
  • Release date: December 14, 2010
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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