Teenage quartet Mindless Behavior have teamed up with Chip (Chipmunk/Chip Diddy Chip?) to bring their latest release to the UK. Following in the vein of their previous tracks, (Girls Talkin’ Bout, My Girl) Mrs Right is a fun, upbeat song about the opposite sex. Prodigy, Roc Royal, Ray Ray & Princeton, the four MB members are vocally somewhere along the lines of Justin Bieber (who they have toured with) x4 but groomed to purrrfection, and visually, maybe a modern day B2K/Immature with Dru Hill’s lead singer.
With the sheer amount of “new-school” r&b/pop fusion music that tweens are churning out, Mrs Right would have been at risk of sounding gimmicky if it wasn’t for the execution of the record. The synth-heavy production eases in and the undeniably catchy lyrics creep into your head until even the stuffiest music snob would find themselves humming “Where is Mrs Right? I gotta see herrrr!” after a few listens.
Mrs Right originally featured wholesome U.S-based teen rapper Diggy but Chip was the obvious candidate to substitute the rapping for the UK release of this song. He has after all successfully released five top-ten hits on this side of the ocean and shares a similar core audience with the Mindless Behavior boys.
The music video was clearly made with the international appeal of Mindless Behavior in mind (excuse the pun). It features the lead singer, a young boy named Prodigy who is somewhat channelling Sisqo, + the other group members in a school set-up flirting with various girls representing different countries/states, + a few namechecks to the UK (“book a flight to London”) – Chipmunk. Bearing in mind the well-thought out vibe Mindless Behavior exude, it’s slightly disappointing that Chip is nowhere to be found in the video. A cameo by LL Cool J provides any lacking star-power needed.
It must be said that there is something a little unsettling about a group of kids who look barely 13 crooning about finding “Mrs Right” but this song never tries to be a lyrical masterpiece. It does what it says on the tin – good, bouncy pop music. Chip swoops in with a couple of risqué lines, see; “I get brain to help me think” but the lyrics stay mostly PG13 friendly.
Mrs Right basically sounds like an auto-tuned throwback. Sleek production, fun lyrics, danceable song. It’ll appeal to teeny boppers and reluctant older pop music lovers alike.
It’s worth mentioning that Mindless Behavior are brought to us from the same well-oiled pop team that brought us Lady Gaga so these boys will probably become more than just your guilty pleasure.
Mrs Right is out now on iTunes.
Written by Louisa Chengo.
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