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