"Nothin' on You" (CD single featuring Bruno Mars)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Clean rap/R&B song is a great choice for older tweens.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 26 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

While B.o.B. talks about dating around in his past, he only has eyes for one girl in this song -- a positive message about commitment.

Positive Role Models & Representations

In his short time in the spotlight thus far, B.o.B. has kept his personal life clean.


One use of the word "hell."


Mentions Nintendo 64.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although NOTHIN' ON YOU is largely a rap song, it's clean overall, with just one mention of "hell" and no references to sex, substances, or violence. While B.o.B does mention "chasing skirts" in his earlier days, he's committed to just one girl in this single.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTimTheTVGuy November 11, 2012

Great song,except for B.o.B. saying the H word once.

Bruno Mars and B.o.B. make a great team.Bruno is a great singer,and B.o.B. is an awesome rapper.This song is really addicting.BTW,did you know that there is son... Continue reading
Adult Written bymusicfan3418 March 4, 2012


BOB sings about love. There is 1 use of h*ll, but everyone knows the word h*ll.
Kid, 11 years old January 21, 2015

A bit inspiring

The song sounds great to me, but it is really pointless. Every B.o.B song I've heard has been inspiring in some way.
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan May 6, 2018

Great song, but not quite for younger kids

I think this is a great song with a good message. Bruno Mars fits in nicely. But it is still best for older kids. There is 1 instance of "hell" as wel... Continue reading

What's the story?

Nothin' On You is the hot rap/R&B single from Atlanta-born Bobby Ray Simmons, who goes by the stage name B.o.B. After putting out mix tapes and EPs for a few years, B.o.B was discovered by infamous rapper T.I. and signed to Atlantic Records, which will release his first full-length CD, B.o.B Presents the Adventures of Bobby Ray. The CD will feature this single about a guy who's finally found the right girl after "chasing skirts" in his past. With no references to sex, drugs, violence, or swearing beyond the word "hell," the song is a good choice for young kids who are into rap.

Is it any good?

From the first sweet notes sung by guest vocalist Bruno Mars, Nothin' On You draws you in. The song's infectious hook combines a snappy tempo with airy synth beats -- an excellent compliment to B.o.B's crisp delivery of his rhymes and Mars' super smooth vocals. The end result lingers in the listener's mind long after the song is over. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the benefits of being in a committed romantic relationship. What are five positive things about sharing your life with just one person, as opposed to dating several at one time?

  • Despite the many positives about committed romantic relationships, should kids be of a certain age before they enter into them?

Music details

  • Artist: B.o.B.
  • Release date: March 9, 2010
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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