B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars – Nothin’ On You

First Hit #1: May 1, 2010

Credit is always a tricky business. B.o.B is the credited artist on the track, with Bruno Mars getting the feature spot, but Mars is really the hero of the song. Not anything against B.o.B, there’s nothing wrong with his verses and he’s certainly a constant present on the song, but it’s the chorus that sells it, and the chorus is all Mars, and it’s Mars’ voice that really pushes the song forward and gives it its form. One could even argue that this is where Mars’ career took off, and it doesn’t take long before he begins to take the headline spot on his music. Mars is also part of the production team on the song with the Smeezingtons. So why is this B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars, rather than Bruno Mars feat. B.o.B? Well, the song appears on B.o.B’s album, that’s the only explanation for it.

Still, credit to both men for making a nice, light-hearted little song about love, devotion and how great a specific woman is, even if it’s implied that the relationship isn’t on the steadiest foundation at several points. It’s still a nice little song, a breezy spring hit.

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2 Responses to B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars – Nothin’ On You

  1. musicosity1 says:

    I’m not a huge rap fan, but B.O.B.’s album here is so loaded with pop hooks and pop guest stars like Mars (also Lupe Fiasco, Rivers Cuomo from Weezer; Hayley Williams from Paramore. His next album included Morgan Freeman and Taylor Swift.) that I enjoy it. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but still very tuneful. Lyrically, it’s nice to have a song with some old fashioned romantic sweet talk rather than, “Hey baby, nice butt. What are you doing for the next thirty minutes?” An even more winning move would have been to tell a white lie that there are no other beautiful girls in the whole world. Obviously untrue, but one that always seems to score major points even so. B.O.B. throws in some amusing lines, like a reference to Nintendo 64.

  2. Pingback: Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are | We Are Number Ones

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