"No Sleep" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"No Sleep" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Drinking, drugs, and sex abound in graphic rap tune.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Negative messages about promiscuity and drug use.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Casual sex, getting arrested, and drinking/smoking pot are celebrated.

Violence
Sex

Allusions to casual sex and prostitution.

Language

One instance of the word "motherf---er."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of lyrics about drinking and smoking marijuana.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "No Sleep" is filled with everything they don't want their kids to hear about: promiscuity, excessive drinking, drug use, and more. The song has moderate profanity and sexual references, as well, and it definitely sends the wrong messages to kids of all ages. An edited version is available, but the iffy messages remain.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKittypower July 30, 2011

Wiz Khalifa

My daughter loves Wiz Khalifa ^_^
Adult Written by$$*BLACKANDYELLOW*$$ October 19, 2011

wiz is the best!

there is only one use of bad language that is the use of motherf*cker and mentions smoking weed a few times other wise it is ok for all ages
Teen, 13 years old Written byHeretohelp26 November 20, 2012

OK for mature tweens

This song would be fine for very mature Tweens (9-12) as the song has very mature lines about drinking and sex the Lange includes a couple uses of "hctib... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byJaxio23 November 12, 2011

Good song

Great song does mention one motherf**ker and some pot but 10 and up cpuld handle it

What's the story?

NO SLEEP is the second single from Rolling Papers, the first major label album from rapper Wiz Khalifa. The album's cover art -- a photo of Khalifa shrouded in clouds of what you can only assume is pot smoke -- speaks volumes about its songs, including this one. All the tune talks about is partying and drinking all night long, smoking lots of marijuana, and getting as many sexual conquests as possible. With an f-bomb thrown in to boot, this track is too mature for tweens and younger teens.

Is it any good?

Though the happily mellow synth-beat of this song fits its laissez-faire partying theme, there's nothing special to make it truly stand out. This is the type of song you wouldn't mind having on in the background -- but would have a hard time citing the title if someone asked. There are better, more age-appropriate rap options out there for kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Khalifa sings about "no driving" in the middle of a song that's all about partying to extremes. Does this seem like a confusing message?

  • Why do so many rap songs glorify iffy behavior? Do other genres of music do this as well?

  • How would you edit this song so that its lyrics were still cool yet didn't talk about so many irresponsible activities?

Music details

  • Artist: Wiz Khalifa
  • Release date: March 25, 2011
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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