Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Mature, explicit CD about reuniting with an abusive ex.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

There's not much positive in these messages about getting back together with an abusive boyfriend, squandering what seems like endless amounts of money, and a host of other negative behaviors. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

These songs describe someone who refuses to accept reality by indulging in harmful relationships and actions. 


Some steamy lines, like "Ride it, my pony, my saddle is waitin', come and jump on it."


A healthy serving of "f--k", along with words like "ho" and "bitch." 


Lots of product names, from Patron to Bulgari.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Plenty of talk about drinking and substance use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Unapologetic is one of the most mature albums yet from Rihanna, featuring lots of profanity ("f--k" and more), heavy references to sex and substance use, and mentions of spending money and material things. Moreover, the album makes it clear that Rihanna has no remorse about reuniting with her abusive boyfriend, singer Chris Brown. There is an edited version available.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygrizmaster1981 December 19, 2013

One of the most sexually explicit covers i've seen.

The cover alone of what looks to me like Rihanna NAKED would push me away from letting my kid buy this album. It looks like she wants to out do Madonna in sex.... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 October 10, 2018
Kid, 7 years old December 3, 2016

What's the story?

UNAPOLOGETIC is the seventh full-length album in the explosive career of Rihanna, one of the hottest R&B artists on the music scene. The record features 14 tracks along with major guest stars like Eminem, David Guetta, and Chris Brown -- the singer's former boyfriend who was charged with assaulting her in 2009. The deluxe version of the album includes two remixes of the first single, "Diamonds," along with footage from her LOUD tour.

Is it any good?

The intense tone of many of these tunes matches their serious lyrics, with lots of deep, driving beats. Ironically, the lightest song is "Nobody's Business," Rihanna's duet with Chris Brown -- though it's hard to absorb the breezy sound in light of their troubled past. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Rihanna would get back together with someone who has physically abused her. What message does that send to her fans?

  • As a society, do we expect celebrities to follow a certain code of conduct? Is Rihanna required to be a role model? Why or why not?

  • Do you think teaming up with or singing about Chris Brown helps or hurts Rihanna's image and career? If you could talk to Rihanna, what advice would you give her?

Music details

  • Artist: Rihanna
  • Release date: November 19, 2012
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Island Def Jam
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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