I first noticed that one could sing Justin Bieber’s weirdly chirpy Baby over CBoyardee‘s pathos ridden Robocop cover a few months back. As a TV-less human that doesn’t listen to pop radio, I wasn’t massively familiar with the Bieber song, but had recently listened to it as I’d heard the genius Terius Nash, AKA The-Dream wrote the song.
It occurred to me that, minus the over zealous synth pop-rap production and the ludicrously cheery video (replete with a cameo from a joyful Drake eagerly egging on the dancing Bieber) one is left with a truly tragic and perfectly realised ode to that most Shakespearian emotion: teenage love. Sung over CBoyardee’s brilliant, heartbreaking production, one gets an idea of Terius’ true intent when crafting the song.
What you see above is my recording of the main vocal, which I performed in ONE TAKE, in the manner of the head fo a company, before adding a bunch of autotune and backing vocals, giving it that dreamy pathos robot vibe.
Shout out Terius Nash, and CBoyardee, who I just noticed has revived his beloved Youtube channel! Look out for some future original rap recordings from me and CBRD – we’ve been in email contact and he’s sent me some amazing music.
08/06/2012, Nu Olympia