Skating Polly “Can’t Tell Me Nothing (Kanye West cover)”

Oklahoma’s Skating Polly recently dropped their cover of Kanye West‘s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” There once was a novelty when white kids would cover a hip hop song but now when youtube is littered with solo acoustic covers of every Drake song ever written, the concept has jumped the shark. The sister duo do the song justice but sort of miss the point of covers. Skating Polly refers to themselves as riot grrls and punk rock, but there is nothing punk about the cover; the track is populated with piano arpeggios and sparse drums. So in the end, if some is checking out the song for the pure novelty of it, they get no real sense of what Skating Polly actually sounds like which is shame because they are actually a good angsty, screamy band.