15 Genius Contemporary Cross-Genre Covers
“Don’t Wanna Be a Player No More” by Big Pun, covered by Incubus
Incubus is known for their skillful fusion of pulse-pounding drums and absolutely masterful guitar technique. However, they showed a sense of humor and a respect for the hip-hop community when they covered late rapper Big Pun’s mid-'‘90s ode to gettin’ busy ... portly style.
Front man Brandon Boyd’s silky vocals added a unique layer to the hit and introduced the group to a new fan base.
“99 Problems” by Jay-Z, covered by Hugo
Fans of the 2011 film No Strings Attached (starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman) got a real treat when English singer Hugo belted out a bluesy, guitar-laden version of Jay-Z’s classic jam about looking on the bright side of things.
Hugo’s interpretation of the song gets to the heart of the original’s core sentiment by tapping into its sultry rebellion.
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