"Work Hard, Play Hard" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
"Work Hard, Play Hard" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Lots of bragging about money and dropping the "N" word.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

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Positive Messages

Says "N" word a lot and talks about how he has so much money, he "should start a bank."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Brags about all the money he has: "The bigger the bill, the harder you ball ... and my money's long." Khalifa has also been in the news for drug possession and his open love of marijuana.


"N" word frequently, "f--k," "ass," "s--t," "bitch."


Glorifies spending.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"$100 champagne" and "getting your own smoke."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that in the single "Work Hard, Play Hard," Wiz Khalifa brags about swag and his money, and uses the "N" word many, many times, as well as a few other profane terms ("f--k," "ass," "s--t," "bitch"). There's not much redeeming value to this track; teens could do much better.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTVAGE December 19, 2013
Adult Written byhiphop93253 June 29, 2012

Here are the lyrics to the explicit version.

Here are the lyrics to the song:

Work hard, play hard
Work hard, play hard
Work hard, play hard
Work hard, play hard
Work, work, work, work
Work, work, work, w... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 13, 2018
Teen, 15 years old Written byeazy__breezy June 8, 2015

What's the story?

Rapper Wiz Khalifa boasts about his riches and swag on the single "WORK HARD, PLAY HARD," a profanity-laced rap that celebrates making lots of money.

Is it any good?

Another rap song about making lots of money isn't original. Wiz Khalifa chooses to follow the pack of "ballers" and just rap about money and swag. He uses the "N" word too much, and annoyingly brags about "the bigger the bill, the harder you ball" and getting "your own bitch" and "your own smoke." Teens can find much better rap out there.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way that many rappers sing about having so much money. What message does this send to young fans?

  • Wiz Khalifa has made news for both his use and possession of drugs and his love of marijuana. Do you think this influences his fans?

  • Do you care if your favorite singers are poor role models?

Music details

  • Artist: Wiz Khalifa
  • Release date: April 24, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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