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"Diamonds" (CD Single)

Seemingly positive track has references to drugs.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

On the surface this song seems to have a positive message about being beautiful "like diamonds in the sky" and choosing happiness. However, there are hints of drug use -- "moonshine and molly"-- which mean "drink and drugs," that are also thrown in with that "happiness," so not a great message for tweens and teens.

Positive role models

Rihanna has talent for sure, but her choice to flaunt her recreational drug use as well as her relationship with a former abuser makes her a questionable role model for girls.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Cover art for this single features someone using marijuana rolling papers to roll up "diamonds." Lyrics say "palms rise to the universe as we moonshine and molly." Both are references to drinking and drugs; "molly" is a casual term for the drug found in Ecstasy.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although "Diamonds" seems positive and uplifting, there are undertones of drug use. The lyrics are clean and there's no obvious mature content. The drug reference will go over many people's heads, but there's a good chance your teens will get it. Additionally, the cover art for the single features diamonds wrapped up in marijuana rolling papers.

What's the story?

"DIAMONDS" is the first single off of Rihanna's seventh studio album. The Barbadian singer, often known for her bad-girl persona, sings about happiness and choosing to live your own life in this single. Australian singer Sia co-wrote the track.

Is it any good?


At first listen, "Diamonds" does indeed sound inspiring and more genuine than some of Rihanna's previous work. Even her vocals evoke a rawness and vulnerability that's refreshing. That being said, Rihanna wouldn't be Rihanna without some kind of edgy reference to drugs or sex. In this case, it's the former. The lyrics say "Palms rise to the universe as we moonshine and molly, feel the warmth, we'll never die." "Moonshine" is a reference to drinking and "molly" refers to the drug Ecstasy -- known for its ability to produce a feeling of love, invincibility, and happiness. So, when Rihanna declares, "I choose to be happy" at the onset of "Diamonds," we want to believe her and cheer her on in her quest. But, when that happiness is just coming in a pill or bottle, suddenly the inspiration is lost.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Rihanna tends to sing about love, sex, and drugs in her music. Why do you think this is? Does her casual attitude toward sex and drugs affect her appeal to audiences?

  • What are the consequences of using drugs? Is it OK for artists to glorify drugs in their music? Why or why not?

  • Is Rihanna a positive role model? Why or why not?

Music details

Release date:September 27, 2012
Label:Def Jam
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old February 12, 2013

One of the best Rihanna songs yet, some drug references

I think that this is one of the best songs that Rihanna has ever made. She uses great vocals. There are also some references to drugs, as said in the original review. I think this song is fine for most tweens, but not for kids that are too young, like younger than 9 years old.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byPetya Gesheva January 17, 2013

keep in mind

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byStephatnam January 12, 2013

Extremely vague drug reference, amazing sounding song

Yes, I know that there are references to drugs for "Moonshine and Molly", but I would have never known about that without reading about it here. Therefore, that reference will not be noticed by most teens/children. Even if that ONE PHRASE has drugs, different people will perceive the message of being happy differently. For people that don't understand the drug reference, Diamonds will influence people to be happier without drugs if you don't understand it. If you do understand it, you probably know that drugs don't mean happiness in the end. I think Diamonds sounds awesome, and I think Rihanna did a great job! :) -Steph
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