"My Life" (CD Single)



Rap, pop titans team up in extremely violent track.

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.


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


A reference to oral sex. 

Lots of profanity, from "f--k" to "p---y" to "c--k." 
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?


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
Label:Interscope Records
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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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
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byTheGoodGuy February 2, 2014

Nothing by 50 Cent is appropriate

Very few rappers have little or no profanity in their lyrics. 50 Cent is NOT one of those rappers.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byEminemHopsin123.J April 12, 2014

PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing song but very strong language.

Now I love this song and it's perfect for any other rap lover. But be super cautious if your child wants to hear this song. There are plenty of uses of the word f-ck in Eminem's verse. And he does take swearing to another level. He also uses a oral sex reference but not sexually. "C-cksucking opinion to me!" And 50 uses one as well. "Both f-cking suck a d-ck!" But if you read through the lines you'll see that they're plenty of good messages and some role models.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing


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