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While you’re at it, check out our interview with Conor Maynard below:
When it comes to hip hop covers, often than not you’re left thinking “why would they even attempt covering THAT song!?” But then there are those that cause you to begin dancing around your room with excitement.
But what’s most surprising is when those covers are done by non-hip hop artists. I don’t know if it’s the initial shock of “oh my god, this actually sounds good,” or the weird juxtaposition of when the song is done in another genre entirely. The bottom line, though, is that they’re good and all we want to do is listen to them.
Here are 10 of the best hip hop covers from non-hip hop artists.
Ed Sheeran and Passenger — “No Diggity / Thrift Shop”
A pretty recent cover comes from music’s most soulful ginger, Ed Sheeran, who teamed up with Passenger’s Mike Rosenberg during a recent visit to Australian radio to give us an amazing mash up of Blackstreet’s 90′s hit “No Diggity” and Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop.”
Ed Sheeran — “Empire State of Mind”
Ed Sheeran makes another appearance on this list with his cover of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State” of Mind for BBC Radio 1. Ed can do no wrong, so it’s no surprise that this cover (like everything he does) is nothing short of perfection.
Everything sounds better acoustically, doesn’t it? Conor Maynard’s soft vocals work perfectly in his cover of “Don’t You Worry Child,” originally by The Swedish Mafia. While the electronic trio’s song is often played in sweaty late night dance clubs, Maynard turns it into an emotional ballad. The slowed-down tempo gives you time to soak in each word, so the song has a whole new meaning.
Maynard uploaded the track to his YouTube account skillzaisherebooya (which he CLEARLY created in high school) to celebrate the release of his album Contrast in the US. He even got the cover to trend BEFORE posting it on YouTube. That way we really felt like we earned it.
He wrote on YouTube: “I’m a massive fan of this song, so I hope you enjoy my interpretation!” He previously performed the same cover at the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball 2012.
With files from Brittany Mahaney
Watch it here
Miley Cyrus retweeted a message from her long lost bun of hair. Although the bun has poor grammar, we respect that it isn’t holding hard feelings against Miley, who recently cut it off in favor of a Twiggy-esque cut. The bun even advised Miley on how to tell off haters. Message: If you’re going to tell people off, it’s always more legitimate if you include Chanel’s logo.
In fact, I don’t actually pay for therapy. Instead, I read Ed Sheeran’s tweets every morning and then repeat them 3o times over in front of the mirror as a daily affirmation.
We’re surprised Miley Cyrus let strangers babysit her dog. Has she not seen the new trailer for Seven Psychopaths?!? YELP.
Good to see Mac Miller is inspired by an extensive collection of music.
That was the day Conor Maynard retired music. After you get a sartorial compliment like this from Wiz Khalifa, you really can’t go up.
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First the 19-year-old Brit tries to woo Rita with his enticing dance moves: “I can tell that you’re watching me/ And I know you’re loving everything that you see/ The way I catch you go, crazy/ I’ll make you wanna dance with me.” But a confident Rita has a mind of her own: ”Take a picture, but you ain’t getting 3D/ Boy, slow down, come here/ So you say that you’re better than me?/ If I take it all off, bet you like what you see.”
The mid-tempo track, which will be on Conor’s debut album Contrast, has a cool electronic vibe with perfect harmonies. In the end, we’re not sure who’s “better” than the other, but the collaboration pretty much KILLS (in a good way of course).
Listen to it here:
The Wanted are like, so popular
Ah yes. Just like The Wanted I also love spending my afternoons indulging in the slew of fan mail addressed to me. The only problem is trying to drag the heavy bag of love sonnets through my front door (#celebrityproblems). Luckily it does wonders for my biceps. [Sidenote: I don't actually get letters of praise or in fact, any letters at all. I'm merely channeling the thoughts of bandmates Tom Parker and Jay McGuiness (above) because their lives
seem are undeniably awesome.]
Conor Maynard is naked
Conor Maynard landed in Atlanta to perform for his Mayniacs and tweeted about the sweltering heatwave that struck the city. By now the Mayniacs are like “Britt, stop talking about Atlanta and weather. Dude just tweeted about “naked time” and I’m visualizing. He can have the key to my city anytime.” Yes, they ACTUALLY just said that.
Kendall Jenner is a princess
When I was Kendall Jenner’s age I spent my summers drinking rainbow Slurpees at the local amusement park and watching repeat episodes of dated sitcoms when I wasn’t working at a nameless Canadian department store. Meanwhile, 16-year-old Kendall and her sister Kylie go to photo shoots and tweet photos of themselves in glitzy princess dresses. Man, she is so relatable.
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Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Conor Maynard, a British pop singer from Brighton, England.
I swear I don’t have a thing for British music; it just so happens that a lot of musicians currently blowing up happen to be from Britain. Conor Maynard is no exception. Having recently won the MTV’s coveted Brand New For 2012 Award, Maynard is getting ready to release his debut album, Contrast at the end of July.
Known for: Conor Maynard is known for his catchy pop singles and a charismatic personality.
Used in a sentence: “Maynard’s boyish good looks and pop appeal are sure to convert scores of girls into “Mayniacs.”
Watch now: Watch the recently released video for “Vegas Girl”
File next to: Justin Bieber, Olly Murs
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While Conor Maynard chose The Mayniacs as the name of his massive fan group, we’re kind of liking the alternate title, The Condoms. It’s no surprise his fans came up with this name considering his hits are so-called “panty droppers.” @Jordans_Life sat down with Conor, who talked about the crazy experiences he’s had with The Mayniacs, including fan mail and strange experiences on Twitter.
After accidentally bashing into a girl while walking down the street in his video “Vegas Girl,” Conor Maynard realizes it must have been fate that led to the accident. He thinks the chick is dayam hot and wants her phone number. She doesn’t give it to him because it’s unwise to casually hand out your phone number to cute British strangers who randomly ram into you. Instead she allows him to take a photo of her so he can remember her forever, which seems more creepy to me but whatevs…
A smitten Maynard resourcefully campaigns to find this mysterious girl who wears a three-quarter length “Vegas Girl” T-shirt by creating obscure street posters and tweeting her photo. When Vegas Girl figures out he’s on a local scavenger hunt to find her, she’s totally flattered and weirdly not creeped out AT ALL.
Most girls who run into a cute guy on the street might think “wow I hope I run into him at a cafe” but creating viral campaign is a little witch-hunty for me. Then again, it is Conor Maynard.
The track is from his debut album Contrast, which will be out on July 30. You’ll have to watch to find out if he eventually finds her but in the meantime, discuss: do you find this romantic or creepy?