“Bad Blood” is one of my least favorite Taylor Swift songs. I’ve said it since 1989 was released and I still feel that way even though the song has become a single.
For me, its only saving grace is the appearance of Kendrick Lamar on the single version. Kendrick makes everything better.
Newcomer Alessia Cara took on the hit single for BBC Radio 1 and she stuck to the single version instead of the album version, meaning she mostly sung Kendrick Lamar’s verses and the hook. It’s not hard to rap along to King Kendrick’s verses, but Cara did it with ease. And all while adding her own style to it.
I’m not ashamed to say I like this cover better than Swift’s original version.
The 18-year-old’s flow and the way she sings the chorus are so awesome that the cover garnered attention from Swift.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 8, 2015
And, thus, Taylor Swift made the day of yet another teenager.
Also, if you’re wondering, Cara’s original material is awesome, too. Her song “Here” is all about being socially awkward at a party and it’s something I’m sure a lot of introverts can relate to.