Sometimes when non “hip-hoppers(?)” cover hip hop songs, I tend to find them rather annoying. I usually get the impression that they are covering these songs to be ‘funny’. Because sometimes it is funny to hear some square white dude singing a rap song on his guitar.
This is NOT the case with Emily Wells’ superb job covering Biggie’s “Juicy”. Emily is a 2o-something Texan (now reppin’ NYC) who credits everyone from Biggie, Simon & Garfunkel and Vivaldi as her influences. Her recently released indie album ‘The Symphonies’ is an excellent blend of old and new – showcasing Emily’s diverse skills as violinist and vocalists (she’s also a pianist and a producer). She thoughtfully slows down the entire tempo of the Biggie classic giving it a hauntingly sweet makeover all while keeping the original lyrics perfectly in tact. Job well done!