Charlie Puth Was Outnumbered By The Backstreet Boys But He Held His Own In A Rap Battle

"Whose idea was a boy band of all Joey Fatones?"

James Corden's Late Late Show spin-off Drop the Mic has been bringing some pretty epic rap battles since the premiere on TBS last month — including one between Corden and Halle Berry. This week, it was a battle of the pop stars when Charlie Puth took on the Backstreet Boys.

The 25-year-old singer, known for his hit song "Attention," may have been outnumbered by the five-member band, but he came prepared. In the five-minute clip from the show, Puth trades good-natured digs with Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, and Howie Dorough — who delivered their rhymes individually, and, on one occasion, in perfect boy-band unison.


"I saw you on YouTube / You had me in tears / You covered Adele / And Adele covered her ears," Carter said to start things off. "We'll have you running / Man, I hope you're an athlete / 'Cause dude, you just went down the wrong backstreet."

But Puth didn't let the Boys get into his head, even when they called him a "wannaBieber" and "Harry without the Styles." He brought out a few priceless burns of his own — all in good fun, of course.

"You should stop rapping / You're just making noise / Imagine being 45 / And still being called 'the boys,' " he said, to applause from the audience. Later on, he even showed off his own beat-boxing skills and asked, "Whose idea was a boy band of all Joey Fatones?"

Find out who emerged victorious in the video below:


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