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Matty B Raps

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If you've paid attention to YouTube cover artists at all in the past six months, you've probably come across pre-tween rapper-singer Matty B, who has garnered millions of views thanks to a growing legion of two-12-year-old fans. His versions are always altered to be G-rated, so for this one, the premise is that Matty B has had a terrible play date and is really steamed. Hence lyrics like, "You go talk to your mom, talk to my mom, talk to me." It can sometimes be cute when Matty B furrows his brow and tries to seem like a lil' thug, but here it feels more forced than usual. Worse still, even with all the layers of effects on his voice during the chorus, there's just no mistaking the fact that Matty B can't sing. And if he's going to cover songs with vocal melodies, he's going to have to work harder at it.

Performance: C

Presentation: B

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