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"Dance A$$" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Dance A$$" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Explicit rap tune objectifies and demeans women.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

This song objectifies women to the extreme and talks about how they should "pay" stars like Big Sean in "sex."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most parents wouldn't want their kids emulating the behavior mentioned in the song.


Some hardcore descriptions of various sexual experiences; for example: "F--k that you gonna get some d--k today/I walk in with my crew and I'm breaking they necks/I'm looking all good I'm making her wet."


Lots of "f--k," "p---y," "d--k," and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Dance A$$" is an explicit, demeaning rap single with an intense focus on the female body. Its heavily sexual lyrics describe various hardcore scenarios, with lots of profanity ("f--k," "p---y," etc.) thrown in. It's definitely not a track for younger ears.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byclarence August 5, 2015
Adult Written byJared Galczynski June 3, 2014

Go stupid Common Sense Media!

Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance. I kind of like this song. It's not inappropriate for kids.
Teen, 13 years old Written bySanjay407 November 25, 2011
Teen, 14 years old Written bySolopow March 10, 2013

Great for kids :)

I have kids of my own i live in india and I use this lullaby for my children they actively listen to it and the children of my town consider it a national anthe... Continue reading

What's the story?

"DANCE A$$," featuring Nicki Minaj, is a remixed single originally on Finally Famous, the first full-length album by Midwest rapper Big Sean. True to its title, the track focuses largely on one aspect of the female body -- the behind -- but goes into graphic detail about other body parts as well.

Is it any good?

Sometimes Minaj sounds like a gnat in your ear -- a grating, high-pitched tone that won't go away. Though catchy at times, the synth-beat here sounds largely the same, and Big Sean's droning, uninspired delivery doesn't do much to punch things up.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between appreciating an attractive person and identifying that person only with her or his looks.

  • Is the song complimenting a woman or objectifying her? How do you know?

Music details

  • Artists: Big Sean, Nicki Minaj
  • Release date: October 7, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

For kids who love rap and club beats

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