For four strong years between 2006 and now, Bobby Ray couldn’t get any play from the ladies. Dude tried his best: he rapped, produced, played guitar, even sang his own hooks for the most part. The downside is that self-proclaimed weirdo thing, which doesn’t get the panties dropping like a hook from Bruno Mars.
Check Bruno’s résumé. The west coast rep has been doing his Nate Dogg thing aside new and established artists in the game. Bruno’s credited on Flo-Rida’s “Right Round” and sang with thug passion on “Ey DJ” with Jibbs. “Nothin’ On You” is just another bogarting of a chorus. Only difference, this kind is like John Belushi in Animal House. See a short list of Bruno Mars collabs below.
BRUNO MARS DOES A MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE AT ZANZIBAR
It’s not that we hate on guitar-weilding crooners. Bruno plucks the strings too, but just comes off more as a ladies man than some guy rocking with his cock out. Even Michael Jackson, as questionable as some of his hobbies were, he knew how to pander to his female following. Part of that comes with 100% disclosure with songs about how dudes feel about ladies. Bruno did just that covering a medly of the Gloved One’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “I Want You Back.”
BRUNO MARS “AGAIN”
Ballads! That’s where Bruno puts his presence on the mic to the test. Look at American Idol, there’s a reason why Simon Cowell and company pick some of the sappiest songs to sing on national TV. When they win, you end up hearing their drawn out confessionals in supermarkets, shopping malls, or at the dentist. Hate ‘em or love ‘em, it’s a road great singers have to walk, and Bruno is off and running with this gem about a bad decision gone right.
FAR EAST MOVEMENT F/BRUNO MARS “3D”
Sure “Nothin’ On You” has the depth that Bobby Ray needs to get the estrogen vote but this Far East Movement collab with Bruno Mars knows the ins and outs of women just as well. “38-24-37″ is how Q-Tip envisioned three dimensional measurements for ladies that stack bundles—bust, waist, hip—but FM is talking more of the material things that make females pop out from shutter shades to gaudy sneakers. That is if you’re into that sort of thing, of course.
JIBBS F/BRUNO MARS “EY DJ”
Lloyd trumped Bruno Mars as the featured guest on this cut from Jibbs second album, which has yet to see the light of day. Who layed their verse first is up in the air because it’s the same lyrics, but Lloyd does better ad-libs. Still for the sake of riding with Bruno Mars, we’re putting our young money on BM for writing the chorus.
JIBBS F/BRUNO MARS “ALL THIS MONEY”
One mention of money, then Jibbs makes it rain with another song with Bruno Mars. This time, Bruno flips Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Step” hook into peeling money rolls until your thumbs get the papercuts. Cha-Ching!
TRAVIS MCCOY F/BRUNO MARS “BILLIONAIRE”
Between money, cash, hoes, it seems like Bruno’s oft-collaborators are running out of ideas. Here’s one by Travis McCoy where he and B share champagne wishes and caviar dreams.
BOBBY RAY F/BRUNO MARS “NOTHIN’ ON YOU”
If you’re keeping count at home: Bruno Mars 6, Bobby Ray, 1.