"Strange Clouds" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Unusually explicit song from typically clean rapper.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Song is about drinking and smoking marijuana all night long.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Celebrates drinking and using drugs.

Violence

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.

Sex

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

Language

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

Consumerism

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nancy Kerrigan, Top Chef, Ramen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of talk about drinking and smoking pot.

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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!
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018
Teen, 15 years old Written byCooltiger37 September 6, 2018

Catchy but mature rap song is best for mature teens

This is a good song for older rap fans who have moved past the clean "Airplanes" as this song contains a lot of graphic sex and drug references as wel... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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