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Nursery Rhymes: MattyB

Eight-year-old rap sensation attracts Youtube viewers

 Eight-year-old Matthew Morris confesses to having a fear of coyotes and a loathing of spinach, and he answers questions with a focused, “Yes, sir.” But give him a beat and put him in shades and a leather jacket, and he becomes MattyB—a “chyeah”-saying emcee who agilely chirps that he’s hotter than gumbo.

>> VIDEOS: Watch MattyB's greatest hits

Since his family uploaded a video for his cover of Justin Bieber’s “Eenie Meenie” in 2010, MattyB has scored 70 million YouTube views and garnered face time with Katy Perry and Simon Fuller. He’s recorded a video with Vanilla Ice and performed at Perez Hilton’s birthday party. “A lot of college girls recognize him,” says mom Tawny Morris.

MattyB’s forte is positive, G-rated lyrics over pop hits by stars like Ke$ha and Bruno Mars (skirting copyright laws by pulling no profit). The sentiment usually lands somewhere between adorable and comically ostentatious. But donning a sandy blond mop and dusty Crocs, he downplays the attention as “cool” while acknowledging those who rip him as a wannabe. Says MattyB, “I just shake the haters off.”

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  1. Edward Holmes posted on 02/21/2012 04:30 PM
    MattyB is the best young rapper I know! He's always having fun, makes fantastic music, both covers and originals and constantly strives to follow his dreams! I wish him the best of luck and hope to hear his music on the radio in the future! Let's shake the haters off Matty! Chyeah!
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