"Pound the Alarm" (CD Single)



Frenetic track is less explicit than the typical Minaj song.
Popular with kids

What parents need to know

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

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

Not applicable

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."

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.

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.

Families can talk 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
Label:Cash Money Records
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 12 years old January 18, 2015

Ok song doesn't shy away from alcoholic references

"Pound the Alarm" is a great, popular, catchy song. However, there are too many alcohol references for younger kids. Nicki actually says at the beginning if the chorus: "music makes me high," and it just escalates from there. Not to mention the repeated use of the word "bitch."
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educator and Parent Written byJared Galczynski May 29, 2014

Pound the "Nicki Minaj".

Nicki Minaj looks like a Meleaha Rhesae.
Teen, 16 years old Written byevolinag August 17, 2013

Techno-pop track lacks originality. Some language.

Like most songs by Nicki Minaj, "Pound the Alarm" shows her talent for extraordinary and good rap. When she's dropping her lines during the verses, you can hear that this woman has the ability to mix every good aspect of both Missy Elliott and Lady Gaga - freaky, but still cool. However, when the chorus kicks in, she loses everything that makes her something special. We've a loud pounding kick and a clap, sone swooshing sound effects, but still, we've all heard it before. And better. It's not that Nicki wouldn't be able to be creative - she certainly is - bur do you really think someone will remember this song in a year or so? Neither beat nor melody or lyrics are any different compared to other contemporary pop. Nicki, you can be better. The song has some uses of the word "b***h" and one line is "fill my glass up a little more". Overall, this song is a lot cleaner than most stuff she releases. It's rather PG-13 language.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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