So my first 3 of the Week is something a little daring. I say this because I’ve taken a song I know strictly as a result of pregame-ing and found two very different versions of it. Drake’s motivating yet chill “Know Yourself” is fairly popular with its whole “running thru the 6 with my woes” talk. You most definitely know it, but you most definitely do not know the following takes on it.
It doesn’t really matter whether you’ve been with Drake since the Degrassi Days or if you just happened to sport the Hotline Bling Christmas sweater because the Vines were funny on Twitter. Either way, Drake has managed to appeal to almost every kind of audience at some point in his career. But in his track “Know Yourself” he makes sure to appeal to himself, first. This catchy, throw your entire body down to adequately get down with it track is a shoutout to his real friends and his real self. I respect the heck out of it—although I’m not a huge fan of the gunshots at the end, but I guess I can thank “Unruly Gang” for that . . .
Peep the Live at Coachella performance of this song. You’re welcome.
Prince Tai Aloysius–“Know Yourself”
Before we get to the polar opposite of Drake’s original, I’m going to ease you into the dark side of “alternative doing Drake” with the a sanctimonious cover found exclusively on his personal Vine and Instagram profiles. Prince Tai Aloysius takes you to church with his gospel rendition of “Know Yourself”. I’ve attached a link to one of his many takes on the chart-topping hit. I recommend beginning this journey of faith when you have plenty of free time, you just might be overcome with the Spirit that is Prince Tai Aloysius.
Dilly Dally–“Know Yourself”
So this is your warning: what you’re about to click on is kind of scary. This is what happens when punk goes rap. I’ll be honest, this cover took me to the dark side of YouTube, and I did not return the same. Dilly Dally’s version of “Know Yourself” will probably make you uncomfortable if you don’t generally listen to their kind of music. I don’t really consider myself a screamo, hardcore punk kind of gal so when the chorus came around I was a little shocked to be screamed at by Dilly Dally’s Katie Monks. Everything about this rendition is intense, but in a good way. Dilly Dally’s style makes you hear the lyrics with a different frame of mind. So. Freaking. Badass.