"Pound the Alarm" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Frenetic track is less explicit than the typical Minaj song.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Nothing particularly positive or negative here, just a lot of bragging about being the best, as well as some references to mature behaviors like sex and drinking.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Engaging in mature behaviors isn't necessarily a bad thing –– as long as you're a responsible adult.


Nothing super graphic, though some sexy lyrics like "Get me now and knock this over / I want to do it like you like."


"Bitch" is used frequently.


Ibiza, Giuseppe Zannotti sneakers.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mentions drinking, like "bottle, sip, bottle, guzzle."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that that on the explicit scale, "Pound the Alarm" falls in the middle: It includes some references to drinking and sex, though these allusions aren't graphic (especially for a Nicki Minaj song), and while the word "bitch" is used, there's no other profanity. Though it's not a particularly positive song, the track is OK for teens.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJared Galczynski May 29, 2014

Pound the "Nicki Minaj".

Nicki Minaj looks like a Meleaha Rhesae.
Adult Written bydavidrox January 25, 2013


very very catchy, terrible messages, great raps, chorus, bad language, some sexual innuendoes. i love it, i love singing it, but kids should not hear it.
Teen, 14 years old Written bylafrancophile March 15, 2020


My 2nd favourite Nicki Minaj song after "Starships"! It's wonderfully clean for a Nicki Minaj song too! (there is some swearing but it's muc... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 October 10, 2018

What's the story?

Rap queen Nicki Minaj has released her fourth single –– "POUND THE ALARM" –– from her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. In the single Minaj brags about "owning" all the other "bitches" at the club and trying to "turn them out."

Is it any good?

Most of Nicki Minaj's music has a somewhat frenetic tone to it -- and this track is no exception. With an actual alarm serving as its hook, this in-your-face single will undoubtedly appeal to die-hard Minaj fans who love her high-pitched style.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about where excessive drinking, sex, and partying can lead. What are some of the consequences that can come from overindulging in adult behaviors like these?

  • How does this song compare with other tracks by Nicki Minaj?

  • What do you think makes Nicki Minaj so popular? Is it her talent, controversial lyrics, or edgy style? Or something else?

Music details

  • Artist: Nicki Minaj
  • Release date: August 10, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Cash Money Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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