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

Joey Bada$$ took a leap of faith when he decided to reinterpret Prince's iconic 1984 track 'When Doves Cry.' Recorded for triple j's "Like A Version" this morning, Joey puts his own spin on the '80s hit with 'When Thugs Cry,' adding new verses accompanied by the Purple Rain artist's legendary hook.

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.