"Magic" (single featuring Rivers Cuomo)

Common Sense Media says

Clean hip-hop song with a cool alt-rock edge.

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What parents need to know

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

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
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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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Written byAnonymous March 30, 2013
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13
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I Pause it at 13+

Sex: When I hit the flow, the girls come snappin at me. Consumerism: Adidas. Drinking, Drugs, & Smoking: Drug References.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old January 14, 2011
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9
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Perfect for hip hop lovers. not for young kids

love it! awesome artist and mostly clean music.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 17 year old Written byUnkown Phatom January 2, 2011
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Adult Written byedrianna September 19, 2010
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8
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Great messages
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