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"I Am the Champion" (CD single)

Mostly clean rap song about doing your best.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The message in the song is about being the best at what you do while remaining down to earth.

Positive role models

Motivation and humility mark this song -- two traits of a positive role model.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One line about having "so much dope, I won't know what to do with it."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "I Am the Champion" is a fun, largely clean song about being the best at your "game" -- whether it's rapping or playing a sport. Aside from one line in the explicit version about having "so much dope I won't know what to do with it," the track is pretty innocuous overall. Note: There is another version available on itunes that is slightly different called "I Am the Champion (2010/2011 National Football Anthem)."

What's the story?

Young rap sensation B.o.B.'s single "I AM THE CHAMPION"has been selected to represent both a basketball video game and the NFL. As you'd expect from a sports anthem like this, it talks a lot about being a "spectacular" performer (no doubt a reference to B.o.B.'s mad rap skillz, as well). Though the explicit version of the song contains one line about having a lot of "dope," there are no other references to adult content here, making the tune an OK choice for tweens and teens.

Is it any good?


From the first word in many of his tunes, including "I Am the Champion," you can tell that B.o.B. is a different kind of rapper. Listening to this song is like a fun roller coaster ride, as both his vocal delivery and lyrical meaning soar thrillingly high, plunge to more mellow depths, and rise again. Like other rappers with super-distinct styles (read: Eminem), B.o.B. never fails to pique your interest in what's coming next.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why the creators of NBA Live 10 may have chosen to invite B.o.B. to contribute to the game's soundtrack.

  • Why would the NFL also choose this song as an anthem?

Music details

Release date:December 6, 2010
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 14 years old Written byrebma97 November 15, 2011

My review

I might have heard the other version of this song, but since CSM said it was only slightly different, I'll review. The music is okay, it sounds like rap and I'm not a big fan of that. As far as language goes, I don't know if he said "dope" or dough, but I think he says, "h*ll" once.
Kid, 12 years old May 14, 2011

anybody who have a talent to give

i love it. this will influence anybody who want to be part of the tallent in future.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
Adult Written byL Hubbard January 28, 2011

Fun catchy positive song. Correction on lyric listed on this site.

This site says that the lyrics talk abut having so much "dope, he doesn't know what to do with it. The lyrics actually say "dough" (as in money). Materialistic yes, but we are talking about the NBA but of course I'd rather her about money than drugs.