Old Lizzo flute covers of Jay-Z and Adele songs have been unearthed - and we can't cope

8 August 2019, 13:35 | Updated: 8 August 2019, 17:48

Empire State Of Mind- (Cover)

By Rosie Pentreath

Lizzo’s improvisations over Jay-Z’s rhymes and Alicia’s Keys’ vocals are blowing our little flutey states of mind.

Lizzo and (more importantly) her flute are our unashamed obsession at the moment.

We mean, that mid-flute twerk. That @sashabefluting Instagram account. Just – flutey dreams are being made, okay.

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Now, incredible covers by a 23-year-old Lizzo have been unearthed on YouTube – covers of Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ and Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ ‘Empire State of Mind’.

While Lizzo shows off her powerful voice in the Adele, it’s the Jay-Z (above) that we can’t stop watching.

Lizzo covers of Jay-Z and Adele unearthed on YouTube 23-year-old
Lizzo plays Jay-Z’s ‘Empire State of Mind’ on the flute. Picture: Lizzo / YouTube

For ‘Empire State of Mind’, Lizzo whips out her flute – OMG is it Sasha?! Did she know Sasha by then?! – and riffs off a spectacular bit of improv over Jay-Z’s rap intro to the huge 2009 hit.

Then she plays in unison with Alicia Keys’ lyrics, occasionally taking liberties with the melody to improvise some expert accompanying lines.

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It’s pure flutey perfection. And cool as anything.

We don’t deserve you, 23-year-old Lizzo.

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