"Mirror" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Little explicit content, but dark message about mistrust.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language

One "f--k."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One reference each to smoking and cocaine use.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Adult Written bymusicfan3418 March 4, 2012
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12
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Might be suitable for 12 year olds

The song brags, and it says d*mn and f*cking.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byeazy__breezy April 28, 2015
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13
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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
Adult Written bymoviemaker201 August 12, 2013
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13
QUALITY
 

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 edited version. Overall, it's a great song with wonderful delivery by Lil Wayne, great vocals by Bruno Mars, and deep, dramatic lyrics.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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