Kali Uchis Puts Her Spin on Classic Kanye West Song "Paranoid"

The final single from '808s & Heartbreak' hit me hard 10 years ago, so it's only right it hits me hard again by way of a compelling Kali Uchis cover. Can we get a whole EP of 'Ye covers?

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In a move of startling synchronicity, as I've been in the middle of a deep-dive revisit of Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak era since yesterday morning, Kali Uchis has unveiled her take on the classic cut "Paranoid."

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The reworking of the groundbreaking 2009 single was tucked into Uchis' appearance Tuesday on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show. "I think I just love this song," Uchis told Mac around the 16:35 mark in the stream below, as first spotted by Fader. "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."

Uchis announced the Isolation-supporting In Your Dreams tour last month. The fall trek kicks off Sept. 13 in Seattle and comes to a close in Minneapolis Oct. 23, though additional dates are expected to be announced. Cuco and Gabriel Garzón-Montano will be providing support.

As for why I've been deep in 808s remembrance recently, let's just say I know my destination but I'm just not there.

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