"Ni--as in Paris" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Rap titans brag about money, girls, fame in explicit tune.
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The song is about bragging about how much money and fame you have and how many girls and material things you get.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song emphasizes materialism, substance use, and casual sexual behavior.

Violence
Sex

Some semi-steamy lyrics, like: "Come and meet me in the bathroom stall / And show me why you deserve to have it all."
 

Language

Plenty of "motherf--ker," "s--t," "bitch," and the "N" word. 

Consumerism

Gucci, Louis Vuitton, New Jersey Nets, Michael Jackson, Mike Tyson, Michael Jordan, Maison Martin Margiela.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Talk of getting "faded" by consuming alcohol for "six days" and a line about "what's drugs, my dealer?"

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Ni--as in Paris" is an explicit rap tune, with tons of profanity ("f--k," "s--t," the "N" word) and mentions of drinking, drugs, and casual sexual encounters. The song is also extremely heavy on the swagger, with much of the point being for Kanye West and Jay-Z to brag about how many brand-name items they have or famous people they know. The track is OK for older teens but isn't intended for kids and tweens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byevolinag October 17, 2014

Explicit but excellent track by rap legends

"Ni**as in Paris" is based around a short catchy earworm synth line sounding as if taken from a 70s science fiction trash flick, that gets repeated ov... Continue reading
Adult Written byAlexandre M. February 20, 2018
This song is catchy as all hell
Teen, 13 years old Written byEminemHopsin123.J April 12, 2014

Brilliant rap duo song. But plenty of bad language.

This song is AMAZING! The best Jay-Z and Kanye West song everrrrrrrrrr. But be very cautious. Language in this song can be very frequent. The word muf-cka is us... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 15, 2013

Okay but Could be Better If it Wasn't For The Title

Jay-Z and Kanye West's song is good and I hear in basketball game but only the tame version because it doesn't including African cussing (although Afr... Continue reading

What's the story?

"NI--AS IN PARIS" is a single from the record Watch the Throne -- the first full-length album collaboration between rap titans Jay-Z and Kanye West. The single is a straight-up brag fest, with each artist taking turns talking about all the material things he has, "bitches" he has scored, and partying he has done.

Is it any good?

With an audio sample of Will Ferrell and Jon Heder from the movie Blades of Glory and an ironic synth beat, this single has a solidly tongue-in-cheek sound. Powerful deliveries from both Jay-Z and Kanye demonstrate once again why both of these artists are at the top of the rap game. Too bad the track is too mature for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why two famous rappers would make this explicit and boastful song. What's the purpose? What else could they have rapped about?

  • Rap collaborations are a major trend; why do you think that is? Why might one rapper team up with another?

Music details

  • Artists: Jay-Z, Kanye West
  • Release date: November 12, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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