"Mirror" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Mirror" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Little explicit content, but dark message about mistrust.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The song takes a guarded, pessimistic view that it's not possible for others to understand you.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song is about not trusting others and closing yourself off.

Violence
Sex
Language

One "f--k."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One reference each to smoking and cocaine use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while the song "Mirrors" doesn't include a lot of graphic adult content or language aside from one use of the word "f--k" and two references to substance use, it has a dark message about being able to rely on no one but yourself. This message makes the song too complex and scary for younger kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymusicfan3418 March 4, 2012

Might be suitable for 12 year olds

The song brags, and it says d*mn and f*cking.
Adult Written bymoviemaker201 August 12, 2013

Mirror is a thoughtful song.

My favorite song by Lil Wayne. During dark times, I can relate to and vent with this song. There's a f--k and two drug references, but there's an edit... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byeazy__breezy April 28, 2015

One of wayne's better songs

Honestly isn't even that bad, has 2 swears and is a pretty good song. It isn't scary but isn't really intended to be for little kids either
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018

What's the story?

"MIRRORS" is a dark, introspective track by hardcore rapper Lil Wayne. It's peppered with a few graphic words ("f--k") and smoking/drug references, but the song's real maturity lies in its broader message about how you can only rely on yourself: "I see the pain here in your pride / I see you're not satisfied / And I don't see nobody else, I see myself / I'm looking at the mirror on the wall, here we are again / Through my rise and fall you've been my only fan."

Is it any good?

With an assist from smooth crooner Bruno Mars and some golden-throated backup singers, Lil Wayne creates a brooding, mellow groove in "Mirrors." His own subdued delivery adds to the track's dramatic effect.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between being independent and shutting others out of your life due to fear that they may eventually hurt you. How can you be a self-reliant person and still have close relationships with friends and family?

  • Why do you think Lil Wayne is so bitter here? Do you think celebrities get taken advantage of more than regular people?

Music details

  • Artist: Lil Wayne
  • Release date: August 29, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Cash Money Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

For kids who love rap and club beats

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