"Written in the Stars" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Mostly clean rap song about reaching for your dreams.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

A positive message about making yourself stand out in a crowd: "I used to be the kid that no one cared about / That's why you have to keep screaming 'til they hear you out."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Encourages listeners to keep striving for their dreams.


One line mentions "I got more hits than a disciplined child." Another refers to a "massive attack."


One "f--k" in the unedited version; "damn" and "hell" in both versions.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11-year-old Written bygamereviewer6469 July 19, 2011
Parent of a 8, 12, 13, and 17-year-old Written byreviewer109 May 8, 2011

Great for the tweens and above

This is a phenomenal song! It encourages being motivated to get your voice heard and appreciated, "Everyone's a kid no one cares about / you just got... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan July 28, 2018

Great song, but not quite for younger kids

I think this is a great song. But it is still best for older kids. It has a good message in it and is pretty clean, but there is one use of "f--k." An... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byabbacus June 2, 2012

Good, but could be better.

I like the beginning of the song the best.

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?

Music details

  • Artist: Tinie Tempah
  • Release date: April 15, 2011
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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