It's a little frustrating that these Walk Off the Earth cover videos—the most famous of which, of course, being their viral cover of Gotye and Kimbra's "Somebody That I Used to Know"—aren't actual live covers. They have the gimmickiness already, being one-take videos and pop covers and all, and it seems like they're working hard enough already that adding an actual performance of the song wouldn't even be that much of a stretch. But alas, perhaps walking, chewing bubblegum and singing Top 40 covers all at the same time is too much for any one viral artist. Fair enough.
Anyway, Walk Off the Earth is now taking on Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa's "Payphone," and it is an impressive cover filled with ornate instrumentation that ends up being far less cheesy and over-produced sounding than the M5 original. The group also corrects a major mistake of the original by replacing Wiz's "Hey, what song is this that I'm rapping on again? Matchbox 20 or something?" guest verse with a verse that actually has something to do with the rest of the song, in which backup singer Sarah Nicole Blackwood raps a kind of response verse to the Adam Levine part: "You should change the words to this song / Let the people know all the shit YOU did wrong." Makes much more sense than "Don't need my name on my shirt / You can tell that I'm ballin' / Swish" nonsense.
Blackwood also takes a supremely necessary dig at the song's ridiculous lyrical conceit: "Man, fuck that shit / I'm pretty sure that payphones don't even exist." Touché, Sarah. Touché.