JoJo grew up right before the public’s eyes with her expletive-laced remix to Drake’s “Marvin’s Room.” The song became a viral sensation, racking up millions of plays on YouTube, and even received the stamp of approval from Drizzy himself.
Although there were several remixes to the track, JoJo’s version stood out to the Young Money rapper. “In JoJo’s case, she actually took the time to write really potent new lyrics,” he told Paper magazine.
Like many, he was taken aback by the mature content and saw the songstress in a new light. “It was really shocking, I think, for her audience since throughout her career she’s been kind of stereotyped as this teen pop star and then she comes out with this different kind of substance,” he said. “It’s very rare that people take your song and do it over like that.”
In a previous interview with MTV News, JoJo explained how the song came together. “Well, one of my friends was like, ‘Jo, you gotta hear this new Drake song!’ I loved it, and I thought Drake was really emotional and honest,” she said. “I was like, ‘This a great record,’ so I had a little time in the car ride [on my way to the airport]. So I wrote my version in the car ride, and I landed in L.A., I went to the studio, I recorded it, and the next day I put it on the Internet, and people really, really loved it. And I was totally shocked, ’cause I was scared to use the F-word, and I didn’t know how people would respond to it.”
Catch JoJo performing her remix to “Marvin’s Room” on tour with Joe Jonas and Jay Sean.