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YMMV / Aaron Carter

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  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "Aaron's Party" includes the line "I'm gonna get picked off my family tree." His personal trauma actually resulted in him becoming estranged from his family.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: All the lighthearted banter he has with his brother Nick on "Oh, Aaron" is significantly more uncomfortable once you watch House Of Carters and see just how volatile their actual relationship is.
  • Covered Up: His cover of "I Want Candy" is probably the most widely-known version, as it's eclipsed the other versions, even the original.
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  • Memetic Badass: His most popular song is about him playing one-on-one basketball against Shaquille O'Neil... and winning. 'Nuff said.
  • Narm: A big reason his music never had the same nostalgia resurgence as his brother's band.
    • Like most everything that fell into the "kid empowerment" trend of the 90s and early 2000s, his faux bad boy persona and songs about overbearing parents was considered at best laughably uncool and at worst annoying. Songs like "Not To Young, Not Too Old" also drew attention to his age, making them harder to enjoy as an adult.
    • As far as white rappers go, he was no Eminem. It's hard to imagine his brother Nick being able to say "I want you to rap!" on "Oh, Aaron" with a straight face.
  • Sampled Up: His song 'Stride (Jump on the Fizzy)' is partly a sample of the song 'Break My Stride' by One-Hit Wonder Matthew Wilder from the 80s.
  • Signature Song: "Aaron's Party (Come Get It)", "I Want Candy", "That's How I Beat Shaq" and if old Radio Disney requests are taken into account, "America A O".
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  • So Bad, It's Good: The only reason anyone still has affection for "That's How I Beat Shaq" is just how pathetic it's attempt at sounding cool is.
  • Stuck in Their Shadow: Commercials for his music and articles about him always took time to remind the public that he is the younger brother of Nick Carter.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Both the guitar lick and drum loop of "Aaron's Party (Come Get It)" sound an awful lot like "Bust A Move" by Young MC.
  • Values Dissonance: Any of the songs he recorded in his adolescence which depict him as a ladies man or macking on cute girls would not be made today, when any form of sexualization in children is treated with the utmost scrutiny.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: His cover of "I Want Candy", as it's a song about sex and the titular "Candy" isn't (maybe) a name for a girl, but is an Unusual Euphemism for sex. It doesn't help that the original version was a song from the 60s sung by a band of adult men and not, as most assume, the version by the female-led Bow Wow Wow.

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