It’s become so common for musicians to release covers, that we’re almost out of it. However, when an artist completely steps out of their genre to cover something unexpected, that’s cause for excitement.
Rapper T-Pain released a new cover album, titled Above the Covers, by Nappy Boy Entertainment. The album features a unique mix of artist and song choices, from Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” to Sam Cookie’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” to Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.” .
T-Pain also covered the Black Sabbath classic “War Pig” in the set. If you cringe at the thought of T-Pain slaying a metal classic, don’t. We think he really did justice to the track, singing the popular melodies of the song with passion and powerful vocal lines. Despite being known for his Auto-Tune vocals, the rapper has a very powerful singing voice.
“Each of these songs mean something to me and have helped me fall in love with music at different points in my life,” T-Pain said in a press release. “I released this covers album from seeing what I hear when I listen to each song. I can’t wait to share with the world what I’ve been working on for the last few years.
Could a GWAR collaboration be next on T-Pain’s agenda? The metal band just said Severe Consequences that they want to work with the rapper, but time will tell if this dream will become a reality.
Listen to T-Pain’s take on Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” and stream his entire cover album below.