Dunce Flash: Mikey Makes Good

A portion of The Billboard Hot 100, July 13, 2010

In case you can’t quite read this, this little chart, courtesy of Billboard, puts Mike Posner‘s “Cooler Than Me” at #6. On the Billboard Hot 100. Nationwide. Nationwide. Can someone anyone please explain to me how this has occurred? Okay, look, I’ve gotten my shits n’ giggles dancing to a Posner live show. And I have listened to his mixtape (the first one especially) dozens upon dozens of times. And “Cooler Than Me” was and still is my favorite track from said mixtape. But, really? #6? It’s been on the charts 10 weeks, and I’ve heard the song in five states. And there was a blurb in Entertainment Weekly about the guy. How has this possibly happened? How did the underdog triumph?

Mike Posner

Now, don’t get me wrong. Posner’s talented. He released that first mixtape, “A Matter of Time,” from his dorm room at Duke when he was barely 21. He snagged a record deal and a degree, touring on the weekends (including a stint at Northwestern’s Dillo Day in May 2009). This summer, he played Bonnaroo and is slated to play every date on the Warped Tour (and, though a former Warped diehard myself, that’s not saying much), and he’s managed to make himself a household name on Top 40 radio.

But does he deserve it? I mean, there’s a lot to be said, surely, about whether or not the music on modern pop radio qualifies as “good” (and I, for the record, am in that pseudo-snobby camp that says it usually is not), but Posner doesn’t really seem to fit that mold. He’s catchy, certainly, with a certain kind of nerdiness that nearly passes as being cool. It’s the way he mixes his beats and throws down his rhymes, almost with hesitation, sheepish, uncertain. You know the Yahoo commercial currently airing with the extra-nerdy guy lip-synching to a poorly done quasi-rap song?
(editor’s note: forgive the author. that “poorly done quasi-rap song”? kanye. Yo Kanye, I’m really happy for you, I’ma let you finish, but Mike Posner has one of the best videos of all time!)

It reminds me of Posner every time.

I’ve embedded the original cut of Posner’s hit single, “Cooler Than Me” from his first mixtape, “A Matter of Time.”

Mike Posner, “Cooler Than Me” (A Matter of Time version)

What do you think?
Is Posner pretty fly for a white guy or just another white (c)rapper?

And a pretty insightful comment from Bebe:
who would have thought we’d see the day
when mike posner was at #6
and eminem is at #10

(editor’s note: jimmy brooks walked again. and made a killer – and wildly popular – album. i guess anything’s possible. cheers, posner.)


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