"Swagga Like Us" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
"Swagga Like Us" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Kings of rap rein in the language – a little.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Humility might be a virtue, but you won't find it on this single. The song revolves around each of the four rappers explaining why "no one on the corner has swagger like us."

Violence

Lil Wayne raps "...Write your name on the bullet make you feel special."

Sex

Very few references to sex on this single. Lil Wayne does rap "Mami scream 'Papi no mas,' run up in your sh-t, just me no moss."

Language

Sh-t is said five times and f-ck and the N-word once each.

Consumerism

It's all about jewels, clothes, cars, and lots of money.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single by four of rap's hottest -- and sometimes most explicit -- performers celebrates the thrill of being rich, stylish, and a great rapper, but contains only a few expletives, violent images, and misogynistic references.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byjsharpe October 24, 2009
salty words
Parent of a 16-year-old Written bydido6661 August 6, 2009
this song and all o hip hop and rap are all about sex and drugs. why on earth would it be apropriate for a teenager to hear lick me like a lollipop i mean what... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan August 2, 2018

Great song, but not quite for kids or younger teens

I think this is a great song. Lil Wayne and Kanye West fit in nicely. But it is still best for older teens. There is one mild reference to sex, but nothing grap... Continue reading

What's the story?

Jay-Z and T.I. have joined forces with Lil' Wayne and Kanye West for SWAGGA LIKE US, a single that also includes a sampling of M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes." The single appears on both T.I.'s "Paper Trail" and Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3." Each rapper gets a turn at the mike interspersed with M.I.A.'s sampled chorus, "No one on the corner has swagga like us.".

Is it any good?

This is a somewhat rare opportunity for four of the best rappers in the business to interact and play off each other. But because the artists never rap together, the single feels like four separate pieces instead of one outstanding whole. That said, it's still a solid release that shows these rappers can really rap without an exorbitant amount of profanity. M.I.A.'s samples are the perfect complement to the rap flow and this single proves that these four artists really can back-up the bravado.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why bragging is such a part of hip hop and rap culture. Research the origins of the genre and learn about rap battles and improv rapping to find out about the competitive nature of this musical form. Why do you think it's important in hip hop and rap culture to be the best? Does it have anything to do with the backgrounds and upbringing of these artists? How do these rappers define success?

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