"Make Me Proud" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Some mature content and language, but positive message, too.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

A positive message about a guy looking for a girl who has brains as well as beauty.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song is about seeking a well-rounded romantic partner.


A couple sexual references.


Some profanity, including "s--t," "bitch," "f--k," "p---y," and the "N" word.


Mac, OPI, Dolly Parton, Howard University, Yale.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Make Me Proud" has an overall positive message about a guy who values a girl as much for her mind as her good looks. While the song includes a smattering of profanity (including "f--k," "p---y," the "N" word) and a few allusions to sexual situations, its overarching theme is a good one for older teens who are learning the ropes of healthy romantic relationships.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12, 14, and 14-year-old Written byMammaMartine January 6, 2012

Wow - this only got a 3 for profanity

At my workplace, the mention of even one of these words has a legal term: sexual harrassment. And at my company, they mean business. So it's only a... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byLoranikas303 December 24, 2020

Don't make me proud!

Trash! I'll do not make a Manaj out of you! Christmas is tomorrow! XD #NickiMinajRants #Anti-Barb
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat December 24, 2020

Don’t make me proud!

Trash especially Niki Manaj! P.S Merry Christmas!

What's the story?

Rap titans Drake and Nicki Minaj team up once again in "MAKE ME PROUD," the second single from Drake's sophomore album, Take Care. In a departure from the more explicit tunes that both artists have released in the past, "Make Me Proud" takes a softer approach, describing a well-rounded girl who takes care of both her body and her mind -- and the guy who loves her for it: "Running on a treadmill and only eating salad, sounds so smart like you graduated Yale ... Weekend in Miami, trying to study by the pool, couple things due but you always get it done / Girl, I'm so proud of you."

Is it any good?

With its deep base-drum beat, "Make Me Proud" hooks you from its opening notes. Drake uses his signature rap-sing approach to good effect on this smooth single, and Minaj manages to tone down her typically frenetic vocals to match the tune's mellow mood.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of choosing a girlfriend or boyfriend based on more than appearance. Why aren't good looks alone enough to sustain a relationship?

  • If you had to choose one or the other, would you rather have a best friend or a gorgeous person you don't really click with as a romantic partner? Why?

Music details

  • Artists: Drake, Nicki Minaj
  • Release date: October 4, 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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