21 Savage Shows Off His Vocal Skills To Beyoncé’s Version Of “I’d Rather Go Blind” On Live

In case you couldn’t afford tickets to his upcoming tour, the Saint Laurent Don gave a free show via Instagram last night.

BYHayley Hynes
21 Savage Shows Off His Vocal Skills To Beyoncé’s Version Of “I’d Rather Go Blind” On Live

21 Savage is obviously best known for his rap skills. However, earlier this week, the 30-year-old was quick to prove us that putting together rhymes isn't his only talent. Ahead of his quickly approaching It's All A Blur tour with Drake – which has been markedly criticized for listing incredibly high ticket prices – the Saint Laurent Don opted to put on a free show for fans via Instagram Live, this one focusing on his vocal cover talents rather than hits from his own discography. It appears he may have been in his feelings while streaming, as 21's song selection was a particularly emotional Beyoncé rendition of an Etta James classic that he poured plenty of passion into.

While nearly 7,000 followers tuned in, the "10 Freaky Girls" hitmaker sang along to "I'd Rather Go Blind," which was first released by the renowned vocalist in 1968. The original cut is undeniably amazing, but for his show, 21 Savage opted to sing along to the RENAISSANCE starlet's reimagining of it from 2008's Cadillac Records. In the film Beyoncé played the role of Etta herself, starring alongside other names like Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, and Mos Def, who played Chuck Berry.

21 Savage Does Something for His Fans

"Something told me it was over / When I saw you and her talking deep," the Her Loss hitmaker croons while viewers left words of encouragement (and some hate) in the comments. "Something deep down in my soul said cry girl / When I saw you and that girl walking around whoo ooh," 21 completes the first verse before launching to an even more soulful chorus. "I'm feelin' this vibe," one person cheered the UK-born artist on. "Go head on shawty," another joked.

It was certainly an unexpected karaoke session for 21 Savage lovers tuning into his Instagram Live session. Regardless, many were happy to see the performer having fun, and potentially even manifesting a future collaboration with Queen B for himself. Take a trip back in time with Beyoncé's cut of "I'd Rather Go Blind" from 2008's Cadillac Records below, and check back later for more music news updates.

Revisit Beyoncé's Original Etta James Cover


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Hayley Hynes is the Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, and has been since 2021. She began writing for the website that same year, primarily covering content in the Music, Pop Culture, and Streetwear niches after graduating from Vancouver’s Blanche Macdonald Centre with a Fashion Marketing Diploma. She previously reported on Travel, Entertainment, Beauty, and News at Narcity Canada for over three years. Hayley has also contributed articles and interviews within these realms to Folklr Magazine and the Calgary Journal while studying Journalism at Mount Royal University. In her spare time, she freelances for Bandbox Vinyl, having already interviewed hip-hop icons like Atmosphere and explored Syd’s discography. Hayley also uses her expansive pop culture knowledge and passion for astrology/self-enhancement to help others explore their curiosity in an ongoing Instagram video series. Among her favourite hip-hop artists are A$AP Rocky, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, and Mac Miller.