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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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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?
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