Just saw a fantastic cover of Kid Cudi‘s Pursuit of Happiness (posted earlier) by the fantastic Lissie.  It’s somewhat more common to see rock/pop/indie stuff sampled in hip hop, but it’s quite refreshing to hear a hip hop song re-done in another style, especially when it’s done as well as this one is.

The initial attraction to the song is roughly the same as any other cross-genre cover, primarily the ability to hear a familiar song with different instruments/vocals/style, but then this cover really starts to get going on its own merits, with Lissie bringing a really passionate take on the song with dramatic backing instrumentals.

I should also say that Lissie will soon be releasing her first full-length album, “Catching A Tiger”.  While I haven’t heard it in its entirety, it does feature a couple of songs from her debut “Why You Runnin'” EP released late last year which were favourites of mine, so I’m looking forward to checking out the remainder of the album.

[mp3] Lissie – Pursuit Of Happiness (Kid Cudi cover)