You may be surprised to learn that two of B.o.B’s hit songs from his debut album The Adventures of Bobby Ray weren’t even originally meant for him to record. The Atlanta rapper’s tracks “Nothin’ On You” and “Airplanes” were originally intended for Lupe Fiasco, but ended up with B.o.B. We may never know what Lupe would have done with “Airplanes” (or if he would have had Hayley Williams on the track like self-proclaimed Paramore fan Bobby Ray did), but give a listen to Lupe’s recording of “Nothin’ On You” below. Who did it better?
Here’s the version you already know and love and have heard a thousand times this year:
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And here’s the version with Lupe Fiasco:
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Although we normally dig Lupe, in comparison to B.o.B’s audacious and energetic vocals, we’re just not feeling his version. Although it seems like an unmixed recording, Lupe seems to snooze through the verses, barely raising his voice or showcasing any sort of excitement about the subject of the song. So we’re happy this happy tune found its way to Bobby Ray, who exudes much more personality on this track than Lupe did.
No hard feelings, though! B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco are both featured on the remix of Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope,” now available on iTunes. The video for the remix should be dropping shortly, check out these three chums goofing off behind-the-scenes:
But the question remains—who did “Nothin’ On You” better, Lupe or Bobby Ray? Sound off in the comments!