"Magic" (single featuring Rivers Cuomo)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Magic" (single featuring Rivers Cuomo) Music Poster Image
Clean hip-hop song with a cool alt-rock edge.
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Parents say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 43 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Some lighthearted, fun lyrics about being a great artist -- proving you don't have to use profanity or threats to demonstrate exceptional talent.

Positive Role Models & Representations

B.o.B is building a career as a stellar hip-hop artist without relying on all of the adult content that often comes along with it.

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single is completely fine for tweens and teens. The hip-hop track contains no questionable adult content or foul language, focusing instead on some good, clean boasting about having a lot of artistic talent.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17 year old Written byUnkown Phatom January 2, 2011
Love this song
Adult Written byedrianna September 19, 2010
Kid, 10 years old January 14, 2011

Perfect for hip hop lovers. not for young kids

love it! awesome artist and mostly clean music.
Kid, 12 years old November 21, 2010

Nice

This song is the best song ever by b.o.b. with airplanes as a close second. I love this song so much, plus it's really catchy.

What's the story?

"MAGIC" is the latest single off the album B.o.B Presents: the Adventures of Bobby Ray by hip-hop newcomer B.o.B. Like a lot of other singles on the record, B.o.B collaborates in this tune with an artist that has a very different musical style -- Rivers Cuomo, lead singer of the alt-rock band Weezer. From a lyrical perspective, the combination makes a lot of sense: both B.o.B and Cuomo are known for being among the cleaner artists in their respective circles, avoiding a lot of adult content and profane language. "Magic" is no exception for either; the tune includes no swearing or mature references, focusing instead on some fun, lighthearted boasting about these artists' mad skillz.

Is it any good?

The pairing of B.o.B and Cuomo makes a lot of sense from a musical standpoint, as well. Both have super-creative approaches to their craft, resulting in a song that fuses a cool hip-hop vibe with an infectious alt-rock hook. The final product is a lot like the combination of peanut butter and chocolate: you wouldn't necessarily think of it at first, but it's a tasty experience in the end.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between having self-confidence and excessive bragging. Which side does B.o.B fall on in this song?

  • What's the best way to respond to someone who's bragging?

Music details

  • Artist: B.o.B.
  • Release date: August 10, 2010
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: Yes

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