"I'm On One" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Rappers lay on the profanity, glorify money above all else.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The lyric "All I care about is money and the city that I'm from" says it all about this negative song.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Does not advocate any behavior you would want your child to emulate.


A reference to being in jail and allusions to violence: "Even though I'm out on bond I might be facing eight / Still running with the same n----s 'til the death of me."


Some mentions of sexual situations: "Bend shawty on the sink, do it for the thrill ... Ever made love to the woman of your dreams?"


Tons of f-bombs, "n---a," "bulls--t."


"Red Bottom" shoes (i.e. Christian Louboutins), Pat Riley, Marc Jacobs, Andre the Giant

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to drinking and smoking pot: "I'ma sip until I feel it, I'ma smoke until it's done."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the most explicit thing about the single "I'm On One" is its profanity, with especially big helpings of the f-word and n-word. Though it's not the worst rap song around in terms of violence, sex, and substances, it still contains a few references to each of these things, along with an overall troubling message about not caring for anything other than "money and the city that I'm from." In the end, these traits make the tune too mature for kids.

User Reviews

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

Good, but iffy

7 N words, Lots of F words, 1 s word, h*es, and b*tche. They talk about smoking and drinking. Lil Wayne says he'll f**k everybody. Burner in the belt; a b... Continue reading
Parent of a 13 and 16-year-old Written bydsa68 July 1, 2011

A decent rap

This twisted track comes from the producer DJ Khaled, who only appears once on the entire track saying his name at the very beginning, then disappearing. Altho... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 13, 2018
Kid, 10 years old October 11, 2015


I used to be a good student but I heard this song I am now under the influence of big smoke 420 erryday homie 18+

What's the story?

Big-time rap stars Lil Wayne, Drake, and Rick Ross all come together on "I'M ON ONE," the single produced by Miami-based DJ Khaled. It's a pretty simple song in terms of its message: cash, cash, and more cash. Each of the rappers takes a turn at talking about how much money they have now and plan to earn in the future, employing plenty of profanity along the way. Combined with some references to sex, drinking, pot, and jail time, these negative themes are not what parents would want their impressionable young tweens and teens to hear.

Is it any good?

Each of these three rappers has a unique style that together gives this track a more interesting sound than the typical rap tune -- though the droning synth-beat backing them up is nothing special. The standout is Drake, with his talk-sing delivery that's a refreshing departure from the usual approach. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why these artists would choose to create a song in which they claim to care about nothing but money.

  • Why do so many rap songs have negative messages? Can you name some more positive choices?

Music details

  • Artist: DJ Khaled
  • Release date: May 20, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Cash Money Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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