March 13, 2014


Austin Mahone Is Smoother Than Ever With "MMM Yeah" ft. Pitbull

With Justin Bieber's pop-prince crown in jeopardy, is 17-year-old Austin Mahone prime to become everyone's new favorite teeny bopper? With his new Pitbull collabo "MMM Yeah"—plus a fresh deal with Lil Wayne's YMCMB label—we think his chances look better than ever.

Following 2013 releases like "Banga! Banga!" and "Just a Friend," Mahone's latest offering is his slickest single yet. "MMM Yeah" showcases an electro-pop dance beat embellished with funky trumpets a la Jason DeRulo's Top 5 hit "Talk Dirty." The singer's voice sounds more mature than ever with the addictive "mmm mmm yeah yeah" hook—courtesy of Chicago house artist Lidell Townsell's 1992 single "Nu Nu"—sounding way too smooth to be coming from a 17-year-old.

Ubiquitous guest rapper Pitbull lays down two verses, giving the song even more mainstream appeal if radio hasn't fully embraced Mahone like his rabid fanbase of Mahonies have.

With Bieber dealing with a slew of legal and maturity issues, is it Austin's time to really shine?