"Strange Clouds" (CD Single)



Unusually explicit song from typically clean rapper.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Song is about drinking and smoking marijuana all night long.

Positive role models

Celebrates drinking and using drugs.


A reference to a violent incident in which figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by someone who hit her in the leg with an iron pipe.


Some explicit references to sexual situations ("I dive in that p---y").


A fair amount of profanity, including "f--k," "s--t," the "N" word, and "p---y."


Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nancy Kerrigan, Top Chef, Ramen.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lots of talk about drinking and smoking pot.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Strange Clouds" is a much more mature song than B.o.B.'s typically clean tracks. Including several explicit lyrics about sex, drinking, and marijuana use, with some graphic language ("f--k," "p---y," the "N" word, etc.) to boot, this tune is too intense for younger audiences.

What's the story?

"STRANGE CLOUDS" is the first single from the sophomore album by rapper B.o.B. Known for being one of the cleaner artists on the rap scene, B.o.B. departs from his image in this single -- partnering with super-explicit rapper Lil Wayne, using graphic language, and discussing lots of sex, drinking, and marijuana use: "All we do is pour it up all night, drinks out ... All we do is light it up all night, all you see is strange clouds."

Is it any good?


Though the tone of this single isn't as creative or upbeat as B.o.B.'s previous tracks, his unique vocal style and an infectious beat add to the tune's appeal. Lil Wayne's guest vocals don't help much, though, sounding downright strung-out at the end.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about B.o.B.'s switch from the cleaner music of his first album to more mature follow-up songs, like this one. What are some of the reasons why B.o.B. may have made this change?

  • In this song, he partners with Lil Wayne -- a notoriously risque artist. Was the collaboration a good or bad idea? Why?

Music details

Artists:B.o.B., Lil Wayne
Release date:September 25, 2011
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 13 years old Written byryxh May 31, 2013


this song is pretty sexual and explicit but in my opinion language is not a problem if youre 12 or older cause youll hear it for the rest of your life at that point but the sexual content is what made it worse, but overall its a great song
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written bysensibledude123 May 21, 2012

Awesome beat, but bad message

Love this song, has a really nice bass and beat, very addicting, howvever, not its message. The point that it celebrates getting high and drunk kindof ruins the whole song, from some peoples point of view of course
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 18, 2012

Very good!

I love B.o.B! This song is REALLY catchy! If you love B.o.B (like me) you'll love this song!


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