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Getty Images / Left: Kali Uchis / Mike Windle, Right: Kanye West / Prince Williams

Kali Uchis was a featured guest during a session at Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show on Tuesday, and the talented Colombian-American singer unleashed a solid cover of Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak single, “Paranoid.”

Kali Uchis dropped her debut album Isolation, back in April, and it’s stacked with features from Jorja Smith, Tyler, The Creator, Steve Lacy and more. The 15-track LP showcased the 23-year-old’s talents and this rendition of “Paranoid” mirrors her own original material with a sultry vibe.

The singer explains just exactly why she chose that song. “I think I just love this song,” she said. Adding, “I mean, I love old Kanye. This album, 808s & Heartbreak, was very inspirational to me and so I thought it would make sense to cover his song…I love all of his albums but I really love this album in particular. I’m a huge Kid Cudi fan too and so I really just love all of the musicality of it and I loved how he was, like, trying to do something different with his voice and everything in it. And the heart in it, I thought it was really special.”

Have a listen to the entire session below, and skip to (17m 50s) mark for the cover.

For more, watch Kali Uchis dance in the afterlife for “Get Up.”

Also, you can listen to ‘Isolation’ below.

Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

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