"Super Bass" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Minaj keeps it cleaner than usual, but song is still mature.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 54 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Some mature messages about sexual activity and partying.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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."

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byEmpressGlory November 4, 2020

Its okay.

I'm pretty sure it does have swearing, but she sings really fast so you can't really hear what she says. I think its okay for 10-11 year olds.
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byBronyDad666 February 8, 2013

This one gave me nightmares

This song contains many references to Quest 64, as well as lots of talk about snorting Cinnamon Toast. Overall, I would give this song an 11 out of 10. Your s... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMerveille January 16, 2021

This is still good

This song may have iffy lyrics but I think it’s lyrics are too fast to listen

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.

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?

Music details

  • Artist: Nicki Minaj
  • Release date: May 22, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Universal Motown
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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