Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" was a brief two-and-a-half minute ballad that showcased not only his virtuosic guitar work, but his gift for melody and lyricism as a guitar player. The lyrics themselves were always a bit hippie-fantastical, but they were grounded in beautiful songwriting and transcendent musicianship.

Last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, alt-vocalist Janelle Monáe performed a cover of the song with The Roots as her backing band. It takes the classic song in a more brash direction, and features the guitar stylings of Kellindo Parker.

[Via MissInfo]