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Watch Janelle Monae Cover Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Little Wing’ Live

The best rendition since Pearl Jam's "Yellow Ledbetter"

Daniel Kreps // March 21, 2012

Janelle Monáe’s expansive The ArchAndroid had several moments where the Of Montreal pal wandered into Electric Ladyland territory — most notably “Mushrooms & Roses” — but last night at her concert in Papantla, Mexico, Monae went full-Hendrix with a cover of Jimi’s Axis: Bold as Love classic “Little Wing.” Monáe delivers a dead-on rendition of the guitar god’s most beloved ballad, though she adds a sultriness that makes her “Little Wing” sound like it was re-imagined by one of Prince’s Paisley Park protégés. Guitarist Kellindo Parker absolutely nails the solo, something that has given expert musicians fits for decades. It’s the best “Little Wing” cover since Pearl Jam’s “Yellow Ledbetter.” Check out the performance via Consequence of Sound: