Katy Perry’s collaborations with rappers so far have been pretty fruitful — the Snoop Dogg-assisted “California Gurls” and the Kanye West-abled “E.T.” both ended up in the top position on the Billboard Hot 100. Earlier today, she proved that she might have learned a thing or two from her collaborators.
While visiting BBC Radio 1, Perry put a New York Yankees hat on top of her electric-blue hair and ripped into a cover of “N—-s in Paris,” from West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne. It was slowed down slightly and re-arranged so that it could be played by her band, and nixed most of the bad words.
The energy level is way lower than the original, though Perry seemed really focused on getting all the lyrics out (and it’s a lot of lyrics).”This is about to get embarrassing,” she said before ripping into the first verse. You can be the judge of that below.
So she’s a California girl wearing a New York Yankees cap covering a song about Paris co-written by a guy from Chicago at a studio in London. Got that?
Perry is busy plugging the upcoming release of Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, a re-release of her smash 2010 album Teenage Dream featuring a trio of new songs. One of those songs, “Part of Me,” just debuted on top of the charts and is expected to get a video premiere later this week.
There’s also a 3-D movie in the works, so add that to your summer viewing slate alongside The Dark Knight Rises and Prometheus. (Seriously, have you seen that new Prometheus trailer? Bananas!)
What do you think of KP’s cover? Spit your insight in the comments.