Rappers Performing Cover Songs You Need to Hear
Life as a high-profile entertainer looks fulfilling from the outside, but at the heart of it all, your favorite rapper is a human being influenced by the world around them. With all the glitz and the glamor, the money, the fame, people waiting at arm's length to do whatever is commanded of them and the supporters, it's often easy to forget that they're big fans of other artists as well.
Every now and again, fans get to witness a rapper pay homage to someone they look up to or cherish. Occasionally, artists perform a cover of a song that really made an impact on their life. As a fan, that's an incredible moment to see. Just a few weeks ago, during the first weekend of Coachella 2016 in Indio, Calif., rising rhymer Post Malone performed a cover of Nirvana’s 1992 hit song “Lithium,” off their influential album Nevermind. The Dallas native decided to grab a guitar for the moment and rock out in true Kurt Cobain fashion.
Rappers who are genuine fans of other artists (whether current or past) are never afraid to display their appreciation. Kanye West has surprised his legion of supporters by covering a surprising rock ode while Drake took a shot at performing one of ’Ye's Yeezus tracks. Vic Mensa has covered White Stripes' hit "Seven Man Army" and G-Eazy has performed Kanye's "Heard ’Em Say" at a show as well.
Plus there's many more hip-hop staples that have tried their hand at living up to fellow artists' original songs. Check out Rappers Performing Cover Songs You Need to Hear.
Vic Mensa Covers "Seven Man Army" by White Stripes
Chance The Rapper Opts for Fresh Prince's "Sumertime" & Biggie Smalls' "Juicy"
Jay Z Shows Out With "Wonderwall" by Oasis
G-Eazy Goes for Kanye West's "Heard 'Em Say"
Drake Gives Rihanna's "Four Five Seconds" and Kanye's "Only One" His Best Shot
Def Squad Cover The Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight"
The Roots Come Together for Kool G Rap & DJ Polo's "Men at Work"
Post Malone Performs an Acoustic Cover of Kanye West’s “Heartless”
Lauryn Hill Takes on Nina Simone's "Feeling Good"
Kanye West Gives Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" a Go
Big Sean Tackles Kanye West's "I Wonder"
GoldLink Taps Hare Squead and Masego to Cover OutKast's "Caroline"
Taylor Bennett Puts His Spin on Kendrick Lamar’s “Feel”
Mario Judah Gives DaBaby's "Rockstar" a Run for Its Money
Chance The Rapper Brings the Emotion With Drake's "Feel No Ways"
Ceraadi Cover Cardi B's "I Do" Featuring SZA
Machine Gun Kelly Performs Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name"
Bizzy Bone Takes on Eminem's "Godzilla" Challenge
Bryson Tiller Covers Drake's "Finesse"
Stormzy Performs Beyoncé's "Brown Skin Girls"
The Kid Laroi and Juice Wrld Remake Kim Petras' "Reminds Me Of You"
Kendrick Lamar Shows Love to Tupac Shakur With "California Love" Cover
Will Smith Covers Jaden Smith's "Icon" at Coachella