Watch The Roots + Ed Sheeran Cover Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen"
Dimensions have folded in upon themselves and we’ve slipped down some sort of wormhole, because video has just surfaced of pop darling Ed Sheeran covering Fetty Wap‘s much-buzzed single “Trap Queen.” For The Tonight Show. All with a little help from The Roots. Just let that sink in for a moment.
Backed by James Poyser on keys, Mark Kelly on upright bass and Questlove on a minimalist drum kit, the sheeny Sheeran strummed out a nice enough chord progression while spitting every bar of “Trap Queen” with surprising accuracy. Surprising, that is, unless you’ve been keeping track of the young Brit’s recent moves. He just appeared on The Tonight Show spitting both heavy metal and “hardcore rap,” and on a much more serious note, rapped freestyle over Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” back at this spring’s Roots Jam. This performance of “Trap Queen,” though, is something else entirely. It feels like a cultural breaking point; either Sheeran needs to drop the radio-friendly pillow talk and commit to a full-fledged rap career, or he needs to pack it in and quit while he’s still arguably ahead. We’re not saying that this Starbucks-friendly version of “Trap Queen” is wonderful. But it certainly is a strange thing that happened. Watch below.