A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Written in the Stars" features some bragging and swagger, but the lyrics are pretty tame overall, featuring only one "f--k" in the unedited version. Both the edited and unedited version also have "damn" and "hell." There's no violence other than the line "I got more hits than a disciplined child" and a reference to a "massive attack." The song's generally positive message is about making your dreams come true, making this track an age-appropriate choice for teens who like rap.
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What's the story?
"WRITTEN IN THE STARS" is a single by British rapper Tinie Tempah that celebrates the notion of working hard to accomplish your dreams. Though lots of rappers talk about this concept in their songs, Tinie does it in a cleaner way -- avoiding a lot of profanity and explicit references to sex, substances, or violence. Aside from one "F" bomb and a fleeting mention of having more hits "than a disciplined child," this tune is free of iffy content. It's an inspirational pick for older kids who are looking for some motivating music.
Is it any good?
Taking a cue from rapping/singing songs like "Rocketeer," "Written in the Stars" includes snappy rhymes by Tinie and guest vocals by Eric Turner. Backed by strong synth- and guitar-based beats, the combo hits home, making you reach for the repeat button when the song ends.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the concept of making your dreams come true and how to apply it in everyday life.
Why do people set goals for themselves? What's one goal that you want to accomplish in the next month? The next year?
How is this song similar to but also different from the typical rap single?