B.o.B featuring Rivers Cuomo, "Magic"

B.o.B continues his reign as the rap/rock prince of the year, inching toward his third consecutive top 10 with "Magic" after hitting the mark with "Nothin' on You" and "Airplanes." The song's strongest force is an infectious, throbbing synth-guitar hook from Dr. Luke, who seamlessly fuses B.o.B's verses with a chorus by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo that demands a singalong. The result is stellar. B.o.B confidently coasts through his equally catchy and humorous verses ("I sing just like Aretha, so respect me like I'm Caesar/I kick it like Adidas, flowin' sticky like adhesive"). The rapper's career has magically kicked into high gear-and so has the footwear brand he speaks of, which currently features "Magic" in a commercial.

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