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

Common Sense Media says

Rap titans brag about money, girls, fame in explicit tune.

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What parents need to know

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

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

Violence
Not applicable
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?"

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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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Written byAnonymous March 22, 2013
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

NC-17 Rated Song (PA) & R Rated Song for the Edited Version.

Sex & Bad Language = Not for Kids. The Radio Edit Version is called "Paris". But it keeps in the Sex Which is still not for kids.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byevolinag October 17, 2014
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14
QUALITY
 

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 over almost the entire track. Its beat contains mainly of thunder-ish stomps and quick snares. That is, until at one point the beat suddenly changes into destorted bass boosted kicks and static signal noises. That is also the moment when the songs light oldschool-ish synth sample changes into much darker choir sound and piano chords. The song stays this eerie until its end, while echoing the word "zone". "Ni**as in Paris" propably has the most unexpected twist in musical style and tone we've heard in the last two decades. Jay-Z brings all the lyrics, rhymes and flow that traditional hip hop needs, while Kanye West bursts out aggressive, shocking and rough lines, that are delivered with so much roar that you sometimes get the feeling Ye actually does what he spits out. The most genuie twist is, that after one of the song's most meaningless and pseudo-provoking lines a sample from the Will Ferrel movie 'Blades of Glory' pops up, stating "No one knows what it means, but it's provocative... it gets the people going!". Thing is, Kanye West and Jay-Z know what they are speaking, how people reaxt to it. Basically, this moment reminds us that even the most random song lines are not at all random. As the title suggests, the song contains a whole lot of language, one semi-graphical sex references ("meet me st the bathroom stall") and a few drugs & alcohol references. It should be okay for teens who are familiar with hip hop music.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byEminemHopsin123.J April 12, 2014
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

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 used too frequently. "Ball so hard muf-ckas wanna find me!" Is used about 13 times through the song. And there is a sprinkle of sex in it. "Come and meet me in the bathroom stall and show me why you deserve to have it all!" But overall it's an amazing song.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old June 15, 2013
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14
QUALITY
 

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 African cussing is only the N word). He plays a positive message that has to do with bragging and one of the lines have to do with a bathroom stall and marrying in a mall. Gross and stupid. Then, come the N word (African cussing word), mother f---er, f---er, s--t, b--ch and a-s. Also, there are talking about singers and drinking alcohol for 6 days. Song is dangerously bad in language, consumerism but tame on sex and drinking. This song is for older teens and young mature teens so this song is iffy or not for kids 14 and under what your parents decide and so I recommend this for anybody over 14.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

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