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Exclusive Video: Mike Posner Plays 'Cooler Than Me,' 'Falling'

Watch the rapper/singer perform for 'Rolling Stone'

November 15, 2010 4:10 PM ET

 

Mike Posner is just 22 years old, but he's already released his major-label debut, 31 Minutes to Takeoff, two mixtapes (recorded in his dorm room) and gotten props from Kanye West and Jay-Z. He even performed at Bonnaroo just a couple of weeks after accepting his diploma from Duke University.

The Michigan-born rapper/singer recently stopped by the Rolling Stone offices to give an intimate performance. Watch him playing his top 10 hit, the Carly Simon-quoting "Cooler Than Me," along with the album-closer "Falling."

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