Joey Bada$$ covers Prince for Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’

If you missed it live on the radio this morning, rapper Joey Bada$$ honoured Prince with his own unique version of The Purple One’s hit single ‘When Doves Cry’ for triple j‘s Like A Version covers segment.

Joey’s take on the 1984 smash hit saw him and his band (including Melbourne’s own Silent Jay & JaceXL) take to triple j‘s purple-lit studio to remake Prince’s track with new lyrics, horns, ripping guitar and a new title — ‘When Thugs Cry’.

Joey told triple j the cover was meant to be on his latest album “All-Amerikkkan Badass”, but he couldn’t get the samples cleared in time to have it on the record.

This unexpected cover will definitely be a contender for next year’s Hottest 100 Countdown. Don’t you agree?

Joey Bada$$ will perform in Melbourne tonight as part of his 2018 Australian tour, before hitting up Sugar Mountain festival over the weekend.