"Pro Nails" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Homage to the manicure has a bunch of swear words.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The theme of the song is all about spending a lot on looking good and bragging about it: "I'm lookin' sharp you can't compete with a champ/Steady flickin' I'm holdin' down that layaway rack/Aye, rhinestones all in they face/ Gold charms and paper chase."

Violence

Just a few verses of intimidation: "Talk smack from around the way/Gotta put these chicken heads in they place/I ain't rockin' no stupid bapes/Ain't trippin' I'll juke all day."

Sex
Language

Kanye West's intro is laced with the word "s--t," while the rest of the song includes "s--t" three times and West dropping the "mutha f--ka" bomb on his featured verse.

Consumerism

Although it doesn't mention products directly, the song is an anthem to consumerism: "Nails like whoa/acrylic base/top all gold/colors on my nails/to the paint on my toes/...I'm accustomed to gold."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know this is a pop-influenced rap is all about showing off your good looks, especially in the form of a manicure. There are a few swear words, especially from guest Kayne West. The rest of the song's lyrics aren't the most existential or deep, but then again the song isn't trying for depth. The superficial nature of the song might not be such a good influence on impressionable listeners, but mostly this is just a fun and simple single.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynascarbb April 9, 2008

so cute!

This is a cute song geared toward teenagers and young adults. My kids love it and keep reminding me that kid sister is coming to town in a few weeks. I actually... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byBabygurl18 April 12, 2010

What's the story?

Proud of her coordinating manicure and pedicure, Kid Sister raps exuberantly on her debut smash single, \"PRO NAILS.\" Kanye West contributes to the single, which speaks emphatically about looking good.

Is it any good?

There's something inexplicably appealing to a song that lovingly details minutia. Maybe it's admiration for the artist that has the guts to dedicate an entire song to something as silly as a manicure, but whatever it is, "Pro Nails" is fun to listen to. With an addictive chorus and lyrics that flow and take surprising twists and turns, Kid Sister has created an appealing track. And even if Kid Sister drops lines like "Tricks try to rehearse me, hearse me/from manicure sets to silky weaves/They be so grimy, nasty, bogus...," she promises to breath new life into the under-represented segment of female rappers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about social status symbols. How does something as simple as a manicure affect someone's perceived class status and self-worth? Designer clothes and fancy cars are obvious status symbols, but what are some other class symbols? Do these things really increase a person's status, and are these items marketed toward the wealthy or to the working class?

Music details

  • Artist: Kid Sister
  • Release date: October 16, 2007
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Downtown
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: No

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