"Massive Attack" (single featuring Sean Garrett)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Single from hip-hop's leading lady glamorizes violence.
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age 12+
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Positive Messages

With all of the violence that's characterized the hip-hop scene, the last thing this genre needs is another song that glamorizes it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though Minaj hasn't been on the scene long enough to build up a bad rep, she's not off to a good start with her extremely skimpy attire and provocative photo poses.

Violence

The metaphorical song compares an artist's dominance of the music scene to a military attack: "Detonatin' my bomb, detonatin' them hits."

Sex

Some indirect references to sex: "Girls, tell 'em guys super size me a combo."

Language

A few swear words in the explicit version, including "motherf--ker" and "bitch."

Consumerism

A couple of product names, such as Lamborghini and Balenciaga.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Substances are mentioned in a couple of places: "Pop a bottle just to get my head right."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the lyrics here are vague but contain enough clearly eyebrow-raising references to violence, sex, substance use, and profanity to make them unsuitable for kids.

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Kid, 8 years old April 20, 2011
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 October 10, 2018

What's the story?

Fans of female rapper Nicki Minaj who've long loved her work with other artists like Lil' Wayne and Usher will be thrilled that she's finally released her own single, "MASSIVE ATTACK." This time, Minaj takes center stage while teaming up with a guest musician -- fellow rapper Sean Garrett. While the story behind these obscure lyrics is often hard to discern, the gist of it is yet another rap/hip-hop artist claiming dominance over the rest of the pack, comparing her power to a military attack complete with bombs, explosives, etc. There isn't a lot of overt adult content in the way of sex, substance use, or swearing (though the explicit version drops a few f-words); still, the thread of violence that runs through the song makes it too mature for younger kids.

Is it any good?

Musically, "Massive Attack" is catchy enough, with a crisp, rat-a-tat type beat that matches its military theme. Minaj and Garrett each do a solid job delivering their rhymes, and Minaj often showcases the slick, sly tone she's known for. The end result isn't earth shattering, but it will undoubtedly get plenty of club play.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why an artist like Nicki Minaj would glamorize violence. Does a rapper need to use violent references to bombs, guns, or other attack methods in order to look cool or gain respect?

  • What other impressive things could Minaj compare her music to?

  • Why aren't there more famous female rappers?

Music details

For kids who love hip-hop

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