"Headlines" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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MC explores ups, downs of money in semi-explicit rap tune.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Mixed message: The song is about striving to make millions while simultaneously wondering whether the true meaning of life is about more than money.

Positive Role Models & Representations

An introspective perspective on the lonelier side of fame and fortune.


Repeated use of "f--k," "s--t," and the "N" word.


Lots of talk about having money.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One reference to drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while "Headlines" isn't the most explicit rap tune ever made, it does include profanity ("f--k," "s--t," the "N" word), a reference to drinking, and an exploration of common rap themes: making lots of money and being better than the musical competition. Though the song is too mature for younger tweens, it's among the better rap picks for teens. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymusicfan3418 March 4, 2012

Ok for teens +

3 uses of s*it, one use of n**ga, 3 uses of f*ck. also references to drinking.
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan November 10, 2018

Great song, but not quite for kids or younger teens

I think this is a great song. But it is still best for older teens. Some strong language includes 3 uses of “f**k,” 2 or 3 uses of “sh*t,” and 1 use of “n**ger.... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 13, 2018

What's the story?

"HEADLINES" is the first release by rap star Drake since his debut album, Thank Me Later. In this single, Drake addresses accusations about being off his rap game, claiming he's still on top -- and that he has the money to prove it. Though he uses profanity and plenty of swagger to get his point across, he avoids the violence, sex, and substance use (aside from one mention of drinking) that mark many rap songs.

Is it any good?

What makes Drake a standout among his rap peers is that he can sing equally well, as demonstrated by this track. While the beats sound somewhat formulaic, you can't help but be drawn into the song by Drake's smooth talk-sing approach.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Drake, a relative newcomer to the rap scene, is already combatting accusations of being old news in this song. Do rap stars have an expiration date?

  • As the digital age allows life to unfold faster and faster, what can artists like Drake do to avoid becoming irrelevant soon after their careers kick off?

Music details

  • Artist: Drake
  • Release date: August 16, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Cash Money Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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