A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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?
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