"I Am the Champion" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Mostly clean rap song about doing your best.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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)."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 m... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan August 11, 2018

Great song, but not quite for younger kids

I think this is a great song. But it is still best for older kids. "Hell" and "piss" are said 1 time each. "Oh my God" is said 2 t... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old October 17, 2013

Good song. :)

Catchy song. Language: "h*ll," "p*ss." Positive Messages: B.o.b sings about doing your best.

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.

Talk to your kids 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

  • Artist: B.o.B.
  • Release date: December 6, 2010
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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