It was inevitable really, that someone would grab their guitar and do an acoustic version of Beyonce's Formation or Rihanna's Work. It's 'every singer on YouTube's dream come true, hoping to follow in Justin Bieber's steps from singing in their bedroom to stardom. Could this be the cover that will get them noticed?
*Cue current song by a popular artist that they can add their own twist to* that will attract views and new subscribers. In this case the extra views were for all the wrong reasons, you only have to read some of the comments underneath the videos for proof.
The two singles currently hold the 2016 top spots as far as black girl anthems go,Formation for It's display of unapologetic blackness and the strong messaging in its visuals supporting the Black lives matter movement. And Rihanna's first single, Work, from her long awaited album ANTI for bringing dancehall vibes back to the charts as she proudly represents her Bajan roots in the video with the flag tied to her thigh. She's waving that flag proudly all throughout the video just not so literally.
I've seen several screwfaced Snapchat selfies of nights being incomplete due to the DJ's failure to play these songs. In fact, of late, a party has not been considered even near average if they aren't played.
It was not too long ago that the internet teased Rihanna because they didn't understand the lyrics of Rihanna's new single, some even went as far to mock her accent. Lest we forget all the commotion Beyonce's Formation caused, which have included, protests against her Superbowl performance and an alleged police boycott of one of her upcoming tour dates.
You can only imagine the outrage of Black Twitter when they discovered full-length covers of these songs in abundance. Both singles represent blackness in their own way; therefore there is a sense of ownership over them, especially given the negative reactions both of these songs received upon release.
It's a sensitive topic area to say the least and the community is not here for the below average covers of the music they feel represents them. By all means people of all races should listen and enjoy the music but not every song needs an Indie acoustic guitar twist.
There is truly something unnerving in hearing white people sing "I like my negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils" and the weak attempts to sing in patois. And for those that didn't attempt Rihanna's Bajan accent the song sounds somewhat strange.
In true Black Twitter style (which by the way is not an aggressive social media group as Piers Morgan would have you believe) after the community overcame their outrage, they got even, fast.
Behold the #TrapCover, a whitty and innovative parodic response to the tragic versions of our beloved black anthems.
The first trace of this trend appeared to be of YouTube Vlogger, Nathan Zed covering a Beatles classic. It appears it was born out of his frustrations with Formation covers. He later gave credit to Twitter user @ILLCapitano94 for the idea.
The hashtag soon to be an online trend sees Black Twitter take your favourite Taylor Swift and Britney Spears tracks with a trap twist. Expect to hear your white girl favourites like you've never heard them before.
Check out some of the best covers so far below.
Warning: Expect excessive dabbing, the occasional n-word and various expletives every now and again just because...