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"Headlines" (CD Single)



MC explores ups, downs of money in semi-explicit rap tune.

What parents need to know

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

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

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


Lots of talk about having money.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One reference to drinking.

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. 

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.

Families can talk 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

Release date:August 16, 2011
Label:Cash Money Records
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byI'msohood August 7, 2012

Awesome song

the song starts out by saying ''I might be too strung out on compliments Overdose on confidence started not to give a f**k and stop fearing the consequece'' then an ode to his sucess " drinking every night becuz we drink to my accomlishments" this song shows drakes light side but glorifys ''money over everyting money on my mind'' but then feels ''so empty'' then says tell her i apoligised it happened over time'' and then '' she says they miss the old drake " and how '' they know'' that he will take care of the bill and not to worry about anyone else great song there are 4-5 F bombs and maybe 5 other profanities i would reccomend this song to anyone over 12 it really shows what money can do to someone it can make them "faded"
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byMarauders November 14, 2012

How epic is it?

Headlines is a song by rap artist Drake. Swearing is frequent but minimized to three words.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byanders09ma May 27, 2012

Headlines ;)

I love Drake! This song is so good! This is actually the song that started to make me like Drake! Good artists/song!
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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