"Mirror" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Little explicit content, but dark message about mistrust.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

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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.


One "f--k."

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 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
Adult Written bymusicfan3418 March 4, 2012

Might be suitable for 12 year olds

The song brags, and it says d*mn and f*cking.
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan April 21, 2018

Great song, but not quite for kids

I think this is a great song. Bruno Mars fits in nicely. But it is probably best for teens. It's pretty clean, but there is some questionable content. The... Continue reading

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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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