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Shawn Mendes Totally Nailed This Drake Cover — No Rapping Required

He transformed ‘Fake Love’ into a whole new song

Shawn Mendes may be a pop singer-songwriter, but he's been known to try out virtually any music genre. He showed off his versatility Tuesday (December 6) at BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, where he performed his hit song "Mercy" AND covered Drake. You know, the rapper. Mendes put his own spin on "Fake Love," part of Drizzy's upcoming More Love playlist project.

An electric guitar was all Mendes needed to transform "Fake Love" from a hip-hop jam to an acoustic ballad. Instead of rapping, he sang the lyrics as if they were just another tune from his latest record, Illuminate.

We'd like to see Mendes cover more Drake tunes in the future. After all, he did call Drizzy a "true legend" when they hung out two weeks ago at the American Music Awards.