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"Super Bass" (CD Single)



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


Mentions slapping a romantic rival out of jealousy.


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


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


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?


"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
Label:Universal Motown
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 11 years old May 9, 2014


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, 12 years old March 20, 2015

10 and up.

This is aimed for kids 10 and up. People think it should be for kids 14 and up... That is false. Why would just dance put the song on their games for kids 10 and up? It is an amazing song that is catchy and is not as bad as one may think.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byevolinag August 17, 2013

Catchy hip-hop/pop hybrid contains some language, drug references.

It's really magnificant, how Nicki Minaj made her way to the top as a female rapper, selling as much records as her male counterparts. That may be due to her ability to be both cool as in terms of hip hop music AND herself. A great mix of Missy Elliott and Lady Gaga, she combines her extraordinary lifestyle with pounding beats and skillful rhymes. So she does here. Super Bass uses a memorible hip hop beat, as well as uplifting pop-synthesizer. She raps her lines with so much passion and coolness, it almost leaves you breathless when the chorus kicks in and she beautifully sings you a boyband-ish catchy hook that makes you feel her love for the guy she sings about. And - no matter what sex you are - you have to sing along. It is light-hearted and still has that touch of rap music, which usually is dark. Well, not this one, and it works... The language is not as bad as in other Nicki Minaj records, but there are uses of the f-, the n- and h-word. A reference that her love "might sells dope". Should be okay for mature teens.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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