"Written in the Stars" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Mostly clean rap song about reaching for your dreams.





What parents need to know

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

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."

Not applicable

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

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

Parents say

Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 16 years old Written byabbacus June 2, 2012

Good, but could be better.

I like the beginning of the song the best.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent of a 11 year old Written bygamereviewer6469 July 19, 2011

Good song about living your dreams

Amazing Song.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written bycinnagurl June 5, 2011

written in the stars is the cleanest of tinie tempahs songs

i love this song and i think its a good


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