Watch Katy Perry Cover Kanye and Jay-Z’s ‘N—s in Paris – [VIDEO]
During a recent performance on BBC Radio 1 in England, Katy Perry veered off her own playlist and summoned the spirits of Kanye West and Jay-Z for a, let’s say, “unique” version of their hit song, ‘N****s in Paris’.
Supported by a live band and sporting a New York Yankees ballcap on top of her blue hairdo, Perry herself acknowledges that what’s about to happen may not be the most stellar thing ever recorded by saying, “This is about to get real embarassing.”
What happens after that isn’t really all that bad in my opinion. When done well, I think a cover can be better than the original. Jimi Hendrix covering Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along the Watchtower’ being one case that comes to mind.
If you didn’t know ahead of time what you were watching, it would be difficult to tell what song they’re playing based on the opening accoustic guitar. At first it sounds like they’re getting ready to cover Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’, but once the drums kick in, it’s clear what they’re getting into.
Considering the title of the song alone, Perry does a nice job of performing a “radio-friendly” version of the song, self-editing her self while keeping up a half-way decent flow throughout the entire set. See for yourself.