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Friday, August 19, 2011

Holy Wow: Wallpaper Isssues a Throbbing, Sexed-Up Cover of Adele's "Rumour Has It" (With Guest Verse By Danny Brown)

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 10:59 AM

"God bless you and your American thighs," he sings.
  • "God bless you and your American thighs," he sings.

Considering it's track two of the Blockbuster Album of 2011 -- and the latest single -- you must know the song: Adele's "Rumour Has It" [delightful British spelling sic]: A stabbing post-breakup romp with the R&B diva's soaring voice front-and-center.

It wouldn't have been the first choice of material for Oakland crunk-pop misfit Wallpaper -- and that's exactly why his cover, just posted by Live 105, is a little shocking. Also, the lyrics: Somewhat ironically, Wallpaper's Ricky Reed nastied-up the tune to ensure his version won't ever get played on the radio, at least not without a lot of bleeping. Hear it after the jump.

Get ready for a rework along the lines of: "He/ is half my size/ So if he's taller than me, hey, I don't mind."

Our question: Who's that rapper on the guest verse? Update: It's Detroit rapper Danny Brown.

And here's the original, in case your ears need a scrubbing:

To us, this version supplies a completely different -- yet equally satisfying -- feeling as the original. Which is what a good cover is supposed to do. What do you think?

[via Live 105]


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