If you've had the pleasure of seeing and hearing songstress Andra Day live, then you already know the powerhouse singer has an affinity for hip hop, as she makes it a point to add a cover of a rap song to each of her sets. Now, she brings that spirit to the masses with another hip hop cover, this time taking on Kendrick Lamar's Section.80 track "No Make-Up (Her Vice)."
For the song, Andra marries the song's message with her own jazzy aesthetic. Plaintive piano leads the way as she sings the song's hook with a sighing restraint. But things get richer and more colorful once the Rhodes-laced beat kicks in and she sings the track's verses to match Kendrick's original flow. The switch up to a warmer, more musical backdrop, not to mention the female perspective gained by Andra singing K.Dot's lyrics, adds a layer to the song that wasn't there before, keeping it fresh for a new audience. And just when you think it's all done, the groove changes once again and Andra utilizes the opportunity to incorporate a bit of Lil Kim's classic "Crush On You" for added measure. All in all, it's a welcome companion to her stellar album Cheers To The Fall.
Speaking of which, next month is a big one for Andra as the album's breakthrough single "Rise Up" is up for a GRAMMY Award. In addition to that, she's also set to kick off another tour in support of the project which will find her hitting cities on both coasts and a few places in between. Take a listen to Andra's "No Make-Up (Her Vice)" right here and check out Andra's latest tour dates below.
Andra Day North American Tour Dates:
Mon, Feb 29 - San Francisco, CA Bimbo's 365 Club
Tue, Mar 1 - San Diego, CA The Observatory - North Park
Fri, Mar 4 - Dallas, TX Granada Theater
Sun, Mar 6 - Houston, TX The Studio at Warehouse Live
Mon, Mar 7 - New Orleans, LA House of Blues - New Orleans
Wed, Mar 9 - Nashville , TN 3rd & Lindsley
Thu, Mar 10 - Atlanta, GA CenterStage
Sat, Mar 12 - Detroit, MI St Andrews Hall
Tue, Mar 15 - Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Thu, Mar 17 - Toronto, ON Mod Club
Fri, Mar 18 - Montréal, QC Corona Theatre
Sun, Mar 20 - Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
Mon, Mar 21 - Washington, DC Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Thu, Mar 24 - Ardmore, PA The Ardmore Music Hall
Fri, Mar 25 - New York, NY Webster Hall
Wed, Mar 30 - Los Angeles, CA El Rey