by Caitlin White
In an age when Youtube has actually become a platform to launch the careers for new artists, the number of people uploading videos to the site has spiked dramatically. Some artists have used the platform to successfully pursue their dream of becoming a musician. However, the number of those people who are actually good is relatively small. But this doesn’t stop the masses from covering their favorite songs and desperately posting their mediocre renditions in hopes of gaining recognition.
The bad videos become viral and the result is usually a laugh fest. Many of these visuals are a result of grannies trying their hand at rapping and rednecks doing the same. They love Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West, too. Yes, hip-hop isn’t just for people in the Bronx where the genre originated. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at 10 of the most ridiculously terrible hip-hop covers below.
1. Watch Notorious B.I.G.’s “Big Poppa” Covered on the Ukulele
Style is everything and certain messages usually work better with specific genres. That’s probably why Notorious B.I.G.‘s well-known pimp celebrating jam “Big Poppa” works really well with a smooth R&B beat and B.I.G.’s velvety vocals. Somehow a ukulele just doesn’t lend itself to discussions of “blunt passing” and which “honey B.I.G. is going to creep with.” However, technically, this guy isn’t actually bad at playing the ukulele or singing, so he’s got that going for him. Its just that a ukulele and Biggie are an even worse combination than the “cheese, egg and Welch’s grape” jelly he raps about.
2. Watch Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice” Redneck Version
It’s practically a scientific fact that there is nothing more hilarious than making fun of rednecks. Therefore, taking a song from the suavest of them all, Snoop Dogg, and superimposing it with a country twang and a slideshow of extremely ridiculous backwoods photos is a perfect cover idea. The song is actually sung by country band the Gourds, straight out of Austin, Texas. Sometimes combining two things like this from completely opposite ends of the spectrum is so weird it almost becomes good again.
3. Watch Dynamite Hack Cover Eazy E’s “Boyz N The Hood”
This video features what could basically be described as the male counterparts to the characters in “Clueless.” Eazy-E would either be turning in his grave or laughing along with these cheesecloth preppies with their acoustic guitars and fake Greco-Roman mansions. Watching a guy in an argyle sweater banging a tambourine while a soft male voice croons on about a 12-gauge is an experience in itself.
4. Watch Brett Domino Cover Outkast’s “Hey Ya!”
First of all, this video makes use of the astonishing “instrument” called a skoog, which can be examined in detail here. Moving on from that bizarre instrument, the decision to re-make Outkast‘s hit “Hey Ya!” which is one of the most ear-worming tracks ever made could only have disastrous results. No one can pull off the role of MC like Andre 3000 does on this track, turning the repetitive chant of “Alright Alright” into something enjoyable to listen to, and working skits into the song with an ease that is downright uncanny. Watching these two British nerds botch the classic is pretty funny though.
5. Watch Bricka Bricka Cover “Hard in Da Paint”
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