"Starships" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Another edgy, crass song from rap queen; older teens and up.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 49 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Minaj sings about money, sex, and doing whatever she wants, but she does portray a self-confidence and attitude that could be considered admirable by some.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Considering Minaj's notorious antics and potty mouth, she is hardly a positive role model. That being said, she's certainly made a name for herself in the rap and pop world, and seems to be on the heels of Madonna and Lady Gaga, notorious powerhouses themselves.


Nothing in detail about sex, but says "f--k who you want, and f--k who you like."


"Motherf--ker" in the chorus several times, "bitches," "s--t," "f--k."



Patron, Bud Light.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several mentions of drinking. The song's about partying and dancing, but the lyrics could imply a different kind of high: "Can't stop 'cause we're so high ... we're higher than a motherf--ker."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Starships" is similar to other Nicki Minaj tracks in terms of its iffy content. While there's an edited version available, Minaj's flair for the feisty and crass still comes through on this single. The song is about partying and living it up, but with some profanity (including "f--k") and talk of sex, drinking, and possibly being high, it's best for older teens and up.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydanim1791 June 22, 2019

Wow. Pathetic what people listen to...

Nothing useful from this song, people do something useful with
Your life and stop listening to this junk and filth, find something good to listen to. Disgust... Continue reading
Adult Written byamaretime August 21, 2018

So catchy and fun!

You should listen to this! So great, incredible!
Kid, 8 years old September 13, 2020

Honest review of Starships.

This is a actually honest review, I'm not lying. The song is OK for high-schoolers and up, no content except coarse language at moderate level. The song is... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 8, 2012

awesome song!

This is my favorite song ever! No offends to them, but commonsensemedia has no right to tell me what music I can listen to. I personally don't think there... Continue reading

What's the story?

The lead single for Minaj's album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, "STARSHIPS" is an up-tempo club beat about dancing and partying with some crude lyrics sprinkled in. "Roman Polanski," one of Nicki Minaj's many alter-egos, makes an appearance on this single and album, letting Minaj's signature sass and cocky flair shine through.

Is it any good?

Although there are moments on "Starships" that give us glimpses of Minaj's signature style, the song is not much more than cookie-cutter pop music. Minaj just throws in some crude lines like "f--k who you want, and f--k who you like" to make it more Nicki-fied. Still, there is something about Minaj's sound that begs you to listen. Yes, her rawness may make her completely inappropriate for young audiences, but it also makes her stand out from the crowd.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the controversy surrounding Nicki Minaj and her music and persona. Do you think her bad-girl image is appealing to audiences? Why or why not? How do you think she compares to other known "bad girls" like Madonna and Lady Gaga?

  • Nicki Minaj is controversial because she uses profanity and raps about sex, yet men do this all the time and don't get called out for it. Is this a double standard? Can you think of other examples in music where men are allowed to be "bad" but women are criticized for doing the same?

  • Would Minaj be as popular if she sang less edgy songs? Can you picture her singing a sweet ballad or romantic love song?

Music details

  • Artist: Nicki Minaj
  • Release date: February 14, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Cash Money Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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