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I.O.I Reimagines Salt-N-Pepa’s Classic ‘Whatta Man’

By Michael Mirrorcle / Published on Tuesday, 09 Aug 2016 10:03 AM / No Comments

Covers and reworks are always a tough affair. It’s easy to run the risk of doing a direct cover that doesn’t live up to the original or trying to really think outside the box with the song. Luckily this time it works well.

I.O.I’s newly formed sub-unit debuts with a twist on a rap classic, Whatta Man. It’s obvious from the spelling that they were channeling Salt-N-Pepa’s version of the song and not the original song What A Man by Linda Lyndell which of course Salt-N-Pepa sampled for their song.

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To really capture the essence of Salt-N-Pepa, I.O.I had to crank up the rapping and inject some soulful melisma to their vocals. En Vogue is a tough act to follow as they were featured on Salt-N-Pepa’s version. I.O.I isn’t a direct cover. It has its own flair and KPop added to make it their own. The video is cute and pretty.

The dance sequences are pretty good and the girls bring a good energy to the movements. The styling for the video is great. The black outfits look amazing. However, they do look an awful lot like Girls Generation look for You Think. Take a look at the video and the live performances below:



About Michael Mirrorcle

Pop Music Aficionado, Video Game and Comic Book nerd, Producer/Host of Rushdown Radio, Michael T. Brewer is a passionate journalist who has been a contributing writer for various digital media in Chicago, IL. Currently a student at Harold Washington College pursing a degree in Journalism, Michael continues to sharpen his skills and further expanding his musical repertoire. His diverse musical tastes stems from his childhood. With five older siblings living together during the 90s, his home was filled with music from Nirvana, Toni Braxton, Aaliyah, Anita Baker, No Doubt, Tupac and so many others. Michael has a deep love and admiration for Pop music specifically. Michael is dedicated to perfecting his craft to critique Pop music with an analytical approach and scope that is not synonymous with the genre.