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

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

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 9 reviews

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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.


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


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


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
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byBinge W. March 16, 2019

Above Average!!!!

Most of kanye’s song are more average. This one is catchy as hell. f--k, Motherf----r and s--t are all used.
Adult Written byAlexandre M. February 20, 2018
This song is catchy as all hell
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018
Teen, 14 years old Written byCooldude88xx January 5, 2018


Love it the end the most it sound like a finale battle.

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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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