[SONG] A$AP Rocky x ‘Who’s Gonna Save My Soul’ (Gnarls Barkley Cover)


Hip-Hop breakout A$AP Rocky may have been the first rapper to appear on the BBC Live Lounge Series this year, but his performance of the Gnarls Barkley classic “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” has left viewers with mixed feelings. The #soulballad by Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse was popularized in late 2008 and became a Billboard Top 40 hit. A$AP covered the song, which is very different than his normal music, live with only one practice run. The result comes off more like a rapper who is trying to sing (a la Nicki Minaj) as opposed to a rapper with multiple vocal talents (a la Azealia Banks). Rocky even admits repeatedly throughout the song “I can’t sing for ish” as he changes Cee-Lo’s words to appear more personal. While I enjoyed his courage, I’m not quite sure if ballads are A$AP’s forte. The vocal and lyric changes (“who’s gonna save my hoes now?”) are beyond laughable, and this would’ve been a complete flop if he hadn’t delivered a great rap verse towards the end of his cover. Freestyling is one thing, but adding singing to A$AP’s talents just isn’t gonna happen. Listen to A$AP Rocky’s cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” below.

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