Sound Clash: B.o.B. vs Vampire Weekend

Written by Rizoh. Posted in Music

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Published on April 27, 2010 with 9 Comments

As a music critic and consumer, I’ve always had a predilection for songs that effectively move artists beyond their comfort zone. And these include well executed genre-benders. Case in point: B.o.B.’s re-imagination of Vampire Weekend’s “The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance.”

When I first heard B.o.B.’s “The Kids” with Janelle Monae, I immediately recognized that melody from Vampire Weekend’s debut album. Bobby Ray’s take was surprisingly superior to the OG version. I’m curious to know how everyone feels about the two. Good luck picking your favorite below.

Vampire Weekend – The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance

B.o.B. – The Kids



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  1. I definitely wouldn’t say it’s superior. But yeah, I liked it. B.o.B gets the HHIR thumbs up.

  2. I definitely wouldn’t say it’s superior. But yeah, I liked it. B.o.B gets the HHIR thumbs up.

  3. agreed

  4. agreed

  5. Dont even fucking say shit like that you dumbass. The B.o.b version is dried semen. Never say that stupid piece of shit is better than the original.

    • chillll


  6. Better than the original? WTF. “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance” by Vampire Weekend was an original work, and all B.O.B. had to do was completely copy the tune and some chorus lines… in other words, ANYONE could do that. And I know VW have some unique, un-explained lyrics but “trapped inside the matrix, forced to play his hand?” is such a generic puke of a line trying to be deep. B.O.B. definitely rode the coat tails of VW on this one.

    • lol UMAD? b.o.b’s version is better

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