When artists trek over to London Town, it's customary that they make a stop by BBC Radio 1 to do a bit of promotion. Sometimes they're even coaxed into performing a cover song or two for the station's Live Lounge series. However, it's rare that an artist completely reimagines a song in a way that changes how you listen to it. Anderson .Paak did just that with his Live Lounge take on Lil Nas X's hit "Old Town Road."
It's not so much that AP decided to do the song that makes this cover unique. It's that he and a few of his Free Nationals cohorts decided to mash it up with instrumentation from Erykah Badu's 2010 hit "Window Seat," taking it from a country rap phenomenon to a soulful ditty with country sensibilities. Anderson led the switch-up with his usual panache as he commanded the proceedings from his drum kit. At one point he even donned a faux British accent to introduce his band and say hello to the listeners who might be rocking to his mashed-up groove.
Since most of us aren't residents of London, we're pretty sure many of you missed the opportunity to experience this live on the radio. No need to fret, though, as you can check out Anderson .Paak doing the damn thing below.