Chapelle’s Show skits aside, Rick James is one of my favorite artists from the 70s and 80s. Between him and Prince, you can see why my tastes in music are so dang eclectic. As such, “Fire and Desire” and “Super Freak” are two of my favorite tracks from the legend. That said, any time I hear a cover, I’ve got to give it the most-thorough of rundowns.
Enter i.V KiNG with her cover of “Super Freak,” which finds the queer artist embracing her identity as well as embracing freakiness. The cover has a La Roux sort of vibe to it (another one of my all-time favorite acts), in that it has a synthpop vibe to the funkiness. On top of that, it manages to make the song into its own thing, outside of just a cover. KiNG’s vocals are crisp and in-your-face with sexiness, sensuality and freakiness (which is also interchanged with “kinky” at several points throughout the song to add to the cover’s appeal). I love this one, plain and simple. KiNG, a self-proclaimed “disco slut,” has another track coming out in a few weeks, which will also be receiving the SOTB treatment. Check out her cover of “Super Freak” below and support dope music in all its forms.