04/04/2013 04:11 EDT | Updated 05/15/2013 10:47 EDT

Viral Hip-Hop Covers: Reimagined Rap Songs From Drake, Dr Dre, Jay-Z, Outkast And More


Thanks to viral video culture anyone with a working webcam thinks they can make like they're Snoop Dogg in a coffeehouse. Most are not very good, but sometimes — like when Melanie Fiona sang Drake's much-covered "Started From The Bottom" in a harmonious show of hometown love — it all comes together.

Yes, Fiona is a Grammy-winner, but the Internet doesn't really care if these covers are performed by professionals or amateurs, especially if an unexpected genre change reveals an added depth to the songwriting. The results just have to be cool enough or funny enough to pass on.

So click the gallery below to watch 10 non-hip-hop covers of hip-hop songs that went viral, from a geeky-looking teen turning "Sexy And I Know It" into a brilliant blues jam to an all-white girl a capella group crooning "Bitches Ain't Shit":

Viral Hip-Hop Covers