Who Did “Nothin’ On You” Better—B.o.B Or Lupe Fiasco?

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!

  • http://safaripoet.tumblr.com/ Petra

    B.o.B’s version is better, hands down. Not because Lupe Fiasco’s is a demo, but lyrically B.o.B’s is better.


    My favorite song is Nothing On You Baby B.oB.


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  • Soul

    Just because Lupe doesn’t say as much doesnt mean its not as good. What Lupe says in 2 lines has as much meaning as BoB’s whole verse in this song.

  • Ami

    I like Lupe’s lyrics better by far. They make you stop and wonder. However I think this music doesn’t fit Lupe’s style. It’s too… perky. And there’s no blend between Bruno and Lupe so it feels stagnant. Lupe is trying to flow with this music but it’s not him.

    I’d love to see a colab between them and Matthew Santos!!! ^-^

  • Kevin

    Lupe is lyrically better overall

  • William

    B.o.B is better than Lupe?? GTFO. I love B.o.B. but Lupe wins hands down in overall lyricism.

  • Rob

    Lupes lyrics are way better, i like b.o.b but Lupes got em

  • http://Btmkrs.Com Diggiti

    When the RECORD LABEL is telling you what Hooks to write… are you still an Emcee?
    Go tell jigga what Hook to Right, and you’ll Get a Right Hook !

  • Teb

    Only heard the BoB version once or twice before, so I’d say I got a *fairly* objective look at this (still a Lupe fan). IMO Lupe’s got this lyrically, no question: as usual you need more listens to get everything, which probably kills it as a pop song. But you get the sense Lupe really just doesn’t feel it/care.
    BoB’s version has a sharp delivery and lyrics that are easy to follow. That said, nothing will make me like the “nut-nut-nut-nuthin’ on you” bit =|
    TL:DR – BoB, only because he was more into it.

  • Miguel Rodriguez

    I just figure that he didn’t feel the beat. I must admit that B.o.B. did really well with this song but the fact of the matter is that he was trying to break into the music scene. Lupe is just on another level; if he didn’t feel the song, it’s cool. He is just way above doing what someone wants him to do. He wants respect from his fans and wants us to learn from his music. This song would have helped Lupe’s popularity but the thing is that his style does not combine with Bruno Mar’s style.

    It would have been epic however, if Lupe had felt the track and made the song.
    I love B.o.B. but no one can compare to Lupe Fiasco.

  • Lupe Lover

    you’re a complete fool, lupe fiasco has much more lyrical talent than B.o.B. I’ve liked both of them for a long time now, but Lupe definately has more meaning behind his albums and singles. Just because Lupe doesn’t create a hip hop lovey dovey sensation meant for the radio? Have you heard The Show Goes On? A perfect radio song, with some of the best meaning behind it in his second verse. I agree Lupe snoozed up on this song, but all this perkiness is definately NOT his style. Neither is it B.o.B.’s, if you listened to his mixtape No Genre, songs like The Watchers and Dr. Aden are what Bobby Ray truly wants people to see him as. He isn’t another Justin Bieber pop sensation. In fact, if I was to compare any rapper to Lupe Fiasco in terms of similarities and dedication, it’s definately B.o.B., but no way I’m using this song as an example to prove that argument.

    Get your mind straight, Lupe is LYRICALLY AND OVERALL BETTER than B.o.B., but I still love Bob :)

  • lucas

    download the video nothin on you in this link:


  • Mr. Truth

    Lupe Fiasco is a much better rapper than B.o.B.

    BUT B.o.B.’s “Nothin On You” is much better than Lupe’s “Nothin On You.”

    Love Lupe, but he dropped the ball here. He sounds like he’s not even trying.