Take Cover: Maroon 5's 'Payphone' feat. Wiz Khalifa

Rolling Stone's Jenny Eliscu grades the YouTube stars covering today's hot songs

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Joseph Vincent

YouTube Channel: hoorahjencar

The San Fernando-based singer-songwriter's jazzy timbre makes the song even smoother than it was for an otherwise faithful rendition – complete with his pal Toestah delivering the Wiz Khalifa verse that many other cover artists omit. Vincent deserves credit for shooting on a set that's easy to ignore, with professional sound gear, but the picture-in-picture effect is totally gratuitous.

Presentation: C+

Performance: B+

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