Friday, June 24, 2011

Lil Wayne's "How to Love": Brandon vs. Brandyn

Lil Wayne's "How to Love" is a pretty good song, but have you ever wondered how great it could have been if someone with actual singing talent performed it?

Well, two young singers have stepped up to the challenge of turning a "pretty good" song into a "great" song.

Meet our first singer.

Brandyn Burnette, a virtual unknown from New York, posted his Weezy cover on June 12 and it's already picked up nearly 100,000 views on YouTube. Not bad.

However, his views haven't translated into Twitter followers - his account is still sitting around 1,100 and his Facebook fan page has a mere 500 likes. But that all should soon change for the 20-year-old singer, who is actually signed to Warner Bros.

Who is Brandyn? According to his bio:

Brandyn Burnette has been playing music since the age of 7 and writing songs since the age of 13. He credits his father, O'Bryan, as a main source of inspiration. "My dad was signed to Capitol Records at 18. Now, im signed to Warner Bros Records at 20 and my goal is to make him and whoever else believes in me proud."

Brandyn, who plays the piano, guitar, ukulele and drums, dropped out of NYU on a full scholarship for acting after a semester in 2009. "I'll go back one day... after im filthy rich of course. NYU is so expensive... I need a couple hits first. Once this music takes off my next goal is acting- i'd love to do film. After that, world domination... what else?"

He's currently recording his debut album in Los Angeles this summer.

His Twitter: @brandynburnette

Brandon Hines, a Detroit singer who is signed to Jermaine Dupri's So So Def, is also getting a lot of attention for his soulful rendition of the Weezy ballad.

Just released on Wednesday, the song already has 20,000 views, but that shouldn't last long as B-Hines 18,000-plus Twitter followers start retweeting the song. His Facebook fan page has over 11,000 likes. Hines is no stranger to being a YouTube sensation - his cover of Maxwell's "Pretty Wings" has surpassed 1 million views. He's also currently featured on Da Brat's new single, "Get It, Get It."

Who is Brandon? According to his bio:

Brandon Hines released his first independent album in 2006, and he captivated a quite a fan base since his days at Howard University - where he was elected "Mr. Howard University."

Hines has already worked with some top talent, including Trey Songz, Ryan Leslie, Bryan Michael Cox, Troy Taylor and Mario Winans. He was also the opening act on Estelle's 2008 "American Boy" tour.

He has yet to release an album since joining Dupri's label.

His Twitter: @BHinesTheReal

Question: Which version of "How to Love" do you prefer?

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