"Massive Attack" (single featuring Sean Garrett)

 
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Single from hip-hop's leading lady glamorizes violence.

What parents need to know

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

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."

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.  

Families can talk 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

Artist:Nicki Minaj
Release date:April 13, 2010
Label:Cash Money Records
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 July 23, 2012
 

massive attack single feauturing sean garrett

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?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old March 11, 2012
 

Nicki Minaj Makes Really Cool Music

This was Nicki's first single. I love it! It does have some sexual things in it, though. Sex: "tell 'em guys super size me a combo" "me don't like boys that ain't jumbo" Profanity: "muthaf**ker" "b*tches"
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 8 years old April 20, 2011
 
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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