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"John" (CD Single)

Explicit violence, sex make this track off-limits for kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Extremely negative messages about murder, disrespecting sexual partners.

Positive role models

Song about killing describes the worst role model behavior imaginable.


Lots of guns, talk of killing: "Talk stupid, get your head popped."


Extremely explicit descriptions of sexual situations.


Tons of mentions of "f--k" throughout.


Range of product names like (Air) Jordans, Nike, Louis Vuitton, and Lamborghini.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Reference to alcohol: "N--gas gather around, got gifts for each and all of y'all / Take it home and let it bubble."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "John" is an extremely violent single that revolves around guns and killing. It also features a ton of profanity "(f--k," the N word) and some graphic descriptions of sexual encounters. The song is not appropriate for kids of any age.

What's the story?

You're f--king with a n--ga who don't give a f--k: This line sums up the message behind the single "JOHN" by hardcore rapper Lil Wayne. The track describes a person completely out of control, killing people at will ("Kill 'em all and keep moving"), engaging in explicit sex, and more. The overwhelming violence, anger, and profanity included in this song make it absolutely off-limits for kids and young adults -- and troubling for listeners of any age.

Is it any good?


It takes a lot more than explicit lyrics to make a song interesting -- and this track doesn't have any of it. The plodding synth-hook is super played-out, not to mention the violence and bravado that have characterized countless hardcore rap songs to date. If Lil Wayne really wanted to stand out, he would try to switch up his sound by partnering with an artist in an entirely different genre -- and he'd write a song that suggests a constructive way to fix what's wrong with the world rather than just blowing it away. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Lil Wayne's personal life may have influenced his music: Just before releasing this single, Wayne spent time in jail on gun possession charges.

  • Should artists who engage in criminal behavior be allowed to release violent music that's sold to so many people? Why or why not?

  • How might Wayne's early years -- his parents divorced when he was two,

  • and despite being an honor student, he dropped out of school at 14 --

  • have contributed to the theme of extreme anger that permeates so many of

  • his songs?

Music details

Artist:Lil Wayne
Release date:March 24, 2011
Label:Cash Money Records
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 15 years old Written byPrototype79054 April 29, 2011

Best Lil' Wayne Song of The YEAR!

This is the best song of the year. Your kid will probably hear this in school.
Teen, 14 years old Written bywolfblo0d July 3, 2015

why does this site exaggerate?

lyrics aren't a big deal. i listen to nicki minaj who swears a lot when she raps. Every pop star swears its not a big huge freakin deal ok?!
Kid, 9 years old June 29, 2013

Never for kids; unless their parents have lost their minds

Almost every swear word. I give it "Iffy for adults aged 24"
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing