In the grand, Swiftian tradition of performing contemporary hits by your peers, JoJo covered Rihanna’s “What’s My Name?” during a gig at the Hard Rock Cafe in Baltimore, Maryland on Monday. The Popdust Party Bus rider went the acoustic route, backed only by her guitar player, while taking a solo stab at collaboration that was sadly without Drake’s opening verse, or any complimentary glasses of white wine. JoJo’s slowed down version takes liberty with the “na nas,” making each stand out in a different way instead of becoming redundant and annoying, and adds a certain degree of sass that the typically profanity-favoring RiRi decided to leave out on the original. “What’s my fucking name?” she sung to the audience towards song’s end. Yep, no longer just a kid! Better wipe away those memories of her singing by the lockers. While we commend her for putting her own stamp on Rihanna’s lyrics, bonus points would have been awarded had she covered Drizzy’s rap, too—it’s not like she hasn’t done it before. Check it out below.
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