Sly5thAve is a musician, composer, and producer who brings us music that we are familiar with in a very unfamiliar package. Here we see a truly unique rendition of Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe,” one of the hits from his good kid, m.A.A.d city. The original had a laid back vibe, driven by spacey instrumentals and a thoughtful drum track. Nothing on that song felt rushed or forced, nor inflammatory. Every sound seemed to be carefully placed on top of each other sound, creating a tender and deliberate atmosphere.
This cover by Sly5thAve and The ClubCasa Chamber Orchestra take this idea one step further. By presenting this tune in a purely instrumental manner, we are forced to focus on the melodic and harmonic elements of the song, rather than the lyrical elements (which are overflowing with meaning in the original). The complete change of focus is at once jarring and refreshing. It is a helpful reminder to always look further into the makeup of a song, to appreciate every part possible. This instrumental presentation highlights the beauty behind the music that supported Kendrick’s profound verses.