"Super Bass" (CD Single)

 
Minaj keeps it cleaner than usual, but song is still mature.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some mature messages about sexual activity and partying.

Positive role models

No extremely negative role model behavior, though one line in the song makes it seem like dating a guy who sells drugs is OK.

Violence

Mentions slapping a romantic rival out of jealousy.

Sex

A couple of steamy lines, like: "When he give me that look, then the panties comin' off."

Language

A few explicit words, including "f--k," "ho," and the "N"-word.

Consumerism

Talk about having lots of money.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One reference each to drinking and drugs: "He pop bottles ... and he might sell dope."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Super Bass" is one of the tamer Nicki Minaj songs out there, lacking a ton of profanity and graphic references to sex or substances. That said, there are still a few swear words (like "f--k") here and there, some sultry references to sexual situations, and talk of slapping a romantic rival. These qualities put the song just over the line of what's appropriate for kids and tweens.

What's the story?

"SUPER BASS" is a track from the debut album Pink Friday from notoriously raunchy female rapper Nicki Minaj. The tune tells a fairly straightforward tale about what Minaj considers "fly" in a guy. Though she mentions some shallow criteria (like having a lot of money) and even makes it seem like selling drugs would be OK, she doesn't use a lot of profanity or graphic descriptions to get her points across -- a departure from her typically explicit style. The approach makes the song more accessible for younger Minaj fans, though it's still too mature for tweens.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

"Super Bass" features Minaj's classic, frenzied rap style, but with a lighter, more melodic hook that makes the song sound happier than her former tracks. Smooth guest vocals from Ester Dean add to the tune's good-times appeal.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about good qualities to look for in a romantic partner. In this song, Minaj mentions criteria like lots of money and a good sound system. Do you agree? Why or why not?

  • Minaj is known for being an edgy rapper. Do you think she feels pressure to use profanity and sing about sex because that's what's expected in this male-dominated genre? Could she be successful without mature lyrics?

Music details

Artist:Nicki Minaj
Release date:May 22, 2011
Type:Single
Label:Universal Motown
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 11 years old May 9, 2014
age 12+
 

whaaaaat?

i just like to sing it because it has a catchy beat and the lyrics are easy to memorize. i really have no idea what she's talking about, but everyone says it's, like, super inappropriate, so I'll just take their word for it. so, not for kids i guess
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old July 2, 2011
age 10+
 

get the clean

the song it is my fav song! even though it curses suck it up and get the clean version. the musicvideo is more; than the song. so parents its a great beat but get the message and make sure if you get the dirty version make sure your kids don't repeat.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written bylalaland503 June 20, 2011
age 11+
 

very lively

it's good I love it its good to listen to it's really upbeat and fun you can listen to in the car and just relax.But for mature audiences.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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