Raised on Biggie And Nirvana: Watch Halsey cover Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Juicy’


Covers are all the rage right now.

Remember last week when we spent a ridiculous amount of time on Ryan Adams, Father John Misty, and even Dirty Bangs all covering — sorry reimagining — Taylor Swift? Over the weekend at Boston Calling, we heard covers of Price (Nate Ruess), Butthole Surfers (Bully), and freakin’ When In Rome (Sturgill Simpson winning us over with his take on ’80s synth pop classic “The Promise”). And shit CHVRCHES even just took on Justin Bieber. All bets are off.

Today, alt-pop singer Halsey has done a pretty interesting job on Notorious B.I.G.’s ’90’s hip-hop anthem “Juicy,” proving to be probably be the first non-white middle-aged dad to rap this jam in quite some time.

Of course, Halsey, who was just 2-years-old when B.I.G. was killed, references the late rapper in her summer hit “New Americana”, in which she talks of being “raised on Biggie and Nirvana.” So props to the person who was like “Ehh, everyone covers Nirvana, wanna do some Christopher George Latore Wallace?”

The cover is from some sort of MTV session, and looks like an outtake as people wander in and out of the video. But Halsey holds it down. Meanwhile, her Badlands tour comes to the House of Blues in Boston on October 24. So if you don’t know, then now you know.