Meshell Ndegeocello on Prince, Her New Covers Album, and, Yes, Bruno Mars

Meshell Ndegeocello is as much a scholar as she is a creator of popular music. For an hour on Thursday, we spoke over the phone about everything from the spiritual underpinnings of the raging debates over cultural appropriation to finding compassion for LGBTQ musicians who don’t necessarily feel comfortable living as…

Here’s Miguel Covering Pussy Riot’s Make America Great Again

The latest in Miguel’s recurring series of a cappella covers is Pussy Riot’s recently released track, “Make America Great Again.” The jam is off their 2016 album xxx, and though I think we can all agree that Miguel’s version is more than just a “shitty emo cover,” he is right that you gotta check out the original…

#TrapCover Makes Up For Every Bad, White, Acoustic Rap Cover You've Ever Heard 

“I did spend a while translating the lyrics before I could sing it! [3 cryface emoji],” wrote Samantha Harvey on her Facebook page when she posted the above video, an (1) acoustic (2) piano (3) cover of (4) Rihanna’s (5) “Work,” in a comment that now seems to be deleted. It’s an extremely smooth yet extremely difficult

Woman Artists Remix 'Hotline Bling,' Tell Drake to Sit The Fuck Down 

Recently, as if acting of their own volition or by the direction of some cruel puppeteer, my hands navigated to iTunes and purchased Drake’s single “Hotline Bling.” At first I bemoaned this purchase, which I was certain would result in nothing more than the foolhardy loss of $1.29 and some extra data languishing on my…

Keep the 808s & Heartbreak Renaissance Going with Christine and the Queens' 'Paradis Perdus'

Fall is the season of blue and bluster: a time to reflect on all the things you’ve done, the things you wish you wouldn’t have, the things you’re never going to get to do. Kanye’s doing 808s at the Hollywood Bowl; at home, you’re bringing the heartbreak in hot. And Christine and the Queens, the elegantly subversive…