"John" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Explicit violence, sex make this track off-limits for kids.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 11 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Extremely negative messages about murder, disrespecting sexual partners.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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."

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGisstfssf January 9, 2019

This is great for kids

So Me and my five year old were driving and jamming out to this, and believe it or not this is such a great learning experience.
Adult Written byNick.osorio January 5, 2019

Not for children of all ages

Too much profanity including the p word, n word, mf word, and f word as a example , gun violence including (Chopper in the car. lyric references having an autom... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018
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?!

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. 

Talk to your kids 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
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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