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Take Cover: Nicki Minaj’s ‘Beez in the Trap’

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

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

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Cameron J

YouTube Channel: RandomStructureTV

Singer-songwriter, poet, vlogger and all-around likeable dude Cameron J sets the otherwise repetitive track to a creamy R&B melody that brings out his own sense of humor in Minaj's already LOL-worthy lyrics. He keeps the refreshingly brief rendition PG-rated – "I'm dippin on your whole life" instead of, you know – and gets bonus points for shooting in such a simple, clean setting.

Presentation: B

Performance: B+

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YouTube Channel: 1officialbebe

Blyrikal, a 21 year-old Chicago native who bills herself as "America's Next Female Rapper" and shoots most of her videos in her car, is the rare YouTuber with real potential as an artist. Her covers are actually just her original verses – some freestyled, others featuring lyrics she saves on her cell phone – over tracks from Lil Wayne, Usher, Kanye West and, here, Minaj. Her rhyme on top of "Bees in the Trap" is well-written, and delivered with the confidence of a rapper who has practiced enough to trust her flow.

Presentation: C

Performance: A

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