B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars, "Nothin' On You"
The debut single from rising Atlanta rapper B.o.B. (aka Bobby Ray Simmons), "Nothin' on You," finds its protagonist renouncing the days when he would "chase skirts, live in the summer sun" and deciding that his new love interest is the Wonder Woman to his Mr. Fantastic. Recalling Lupe Fiasco's "Superstar"-especially its feel-good, singalong hook-the song achieves a nice chemistry between featured artist Bruno Mars' delicately delivered melodies and B.o.B.'s Southern twang. B.o.B. tosses a few references that should appeal to younger listeners ("Just like that, girl, you got me froze/ Like a Nintendo 64") while keeping older fans engaged, too ("Baby you the whole package, plus you pay your taxes"). A Southern rap ballad with a radio-friendly beat, "Nothin' on You" provides a solid launching pad for this promising talent.-Evan J. Nabavian