"My Life" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Rap, pop titans team up in extremely violent track.

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What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

Artists:50 Cent, Adam Levine, Eminem
Release date:November 26, 2012
Type:Single
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 15 years old Written byJellyfishJam38 December 24, 2012
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14
QUALITY
 

Eminem and 50 return in pretty good song

Since his sub-par Recovery album, I haven't seen much of Eminem. And 50 Cent? I rarely listen to him. I don't think either of those artists have done anything for at least half a year, but here they are, back, and good as ever! Adam Levine from Maroon 5 also stars in the song, to perform a pwerful chorus. Even though I like this song, I think you should wait until you're a teenager to hear it. Here's why: VIOLENCE: Mild. Both 50 and Eminem use some violent metaphors against their critics, such as "I was in the f***ing shed sharpening my machete" and "Maybe I should go crazy/Maybe I should do it 3am in the morning like Shady". This site has blown those references out of proportion, as I definitely don't think this song is that bad, as far as rappers go, and the violence is only mild. The song also has quite a dark theme. SEXUAL CONTENT: Moderate. One particularly crude metaphorical sexual reference, directed at two rappers, that also uses the word "d**k". A similar slang term appears very quickly in Eminem's verse. LANGUAGE: Strong. I think I counted around 22 swear words in this song. There's a lot of language, especially during Eminem's verse. Let's see, there's "f**k", "c**k", "d**k", "p***y", "b***h", "n****", and "s**t". Still, it's nothing that a teenager hasn't heard before. SUBSTANCE USE: Very mild. It mentions the word "lacing" to describe making a song better, and also implies that 50 Cent used to be a drug-dealer. No graphic terms are used for this, and you won't even get it if you don't know about his past.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old December 13, 2012
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

50 is back but with a good but depressing song

Great song but pretty depressing. But a well deserved five stars. Especially the rap of 50 cent.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byesmith015 January 7, 2013
AGE
3
QUALITY
 

Maroon 5 Forever!

Adam Levine is the only good singer in this song
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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