"My Life" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Rap, pop titans team up in extremely violent track.
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Positive Messages

There's nothing positive about these violent messages, which make it seem OK to take out intense frustrations on others.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

No behaviors you would want your kids to emulate.

Violence

Some extremely graphic imagery, including "sharpening my machete" and "wrap your head up in plastic, p---y, now pick the casket." 

Sex

A reference to oral sex. 

Language
Lots of profanity, from "f--k" to "p---y" to "c--k." 
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Suggests that enhancing a music track is like "lacing" a drug. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "My Life" is an intensely violent song that's filled with graphic imagery and language. Teens will be interested as it features three popular artists: 50 Cent, Eminem, and Adam Levine. The song uses killing and maiming metaphors to describe how these artists will crush their musical competition, and the lyrics are filled with words like "f--k" and "p---y."

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Teen, 14 years old Written byesmith015 January 7, 2013

Maroon 5 Forever!

Adam Levine is the only good singer in this song
Teen, 13 years old Written byLinkTech267 April 8, 2016

Not As Violent As CSM Says. Lots Of Swearing though.

There's not much violence in this song, mostly metaphors to describe their careers. One line about how 2 other rappers can "suck a d**k". Get the... Continue reading

What's the story?

Rap kingpins 50 Cent and Eminem join forces for "MY LIFE," the third single from 50 Cent's forthcoming fifth full-length album, Street King Immortal. Ubiquitous guest star Adam Levine, frontman for the pop group Maroon 5 and co-host of TV's The Voice, provides backing vocals for the track.

Is it any good?

All three of these artists have a knack for knowing what gets under listeners' skin, and each brings his best game to this slick tune. The result is an infectious track that's both mellow and intense at the same time. However, given its graphic language and violence, the track is best appreciated by older teens and up.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to deal with intense emotions other than resorting to aggression. Which makes you feel better: losing your temper or talking through your feelings with a close family member or friend? Why?

  • What is the song's message? Is there any positive takeaway here?

  • Why do you think pop singer Adam Levine was included in this graphic rap single?

Music details

For kids who love hip-hop and dance tunes

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