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Shawn Mendes returned to his cover song roots during a trip to the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge this week. The teen singer was famously discovered after his six-second cover songs on Vine went viral two years ago, leading to a career that now includes multiple iHeartRadio MMVA wins, a hugely successful world tour, an appearance on SNL and an upcoming performance at the JUNO Awards for the third year in a row.
While most of Mendes’ performances now center around the singer’s original material, the former cover artist still loves taking a spin on other people’s singles. During an in-studio performance at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge in February, Mendes covered friend and fellow Toronto artist Alessia Cara and her breakout single “Here.” Now, Mendes is back in the UK and this time taking on the 6ix God, Drake.
Drake announced his upcoming mixtape More Life in October and dropped the single “Fake Love,” with Mendes scooping it up like a ground ball for his latest cover. Mendes slows down the track and rather than attempt Drizzy’s style of rapping, makes it his own by giving a raw and emotional singing performance. Drake, time to put your Taylor Swift collab aside and called Mendes.
The 18 year-old singer also performed his latest single “Mercy” off 2016’s Illuminate, the same track Mendes played during his debut on SNL last weekend. Yesterday’s performance was Mendes’ darkest and rawest public performance of the track, showing off his incredible range and upping the ante on his already passionate performances.
But seriously, Drake and Shawn Mendes: Watch The Throne 2?