If you grew up in the early 2000s, the r and b of African American artists from the 1990s was still the freshest music around, and hip-hop tracks that have become staples in the genre were just being released. One of those tracks is 2002’s “Foolish” by Ashanti. This was one of the most popular songs of the early 2000s, and signaled the continued rise of a force in r and b. With a song that great and contemporarily adored, covers are always risky. Yet MNEK’s rhythmic cover of the modern classic is one of those rare covers that perfectly compliments the original recording.
If you’ve ever gone dancing with your friends and kind of hoped for a fun, smooth track that was nostalgic, the original “Foolish” might seem too mainstream r&b for that kind of vibe, but MNEK’s cover is that funky r&b tune you would hear at a club in New York or London. Fifteen seconds in, MNEK’s melodic voice is laid on top of a hypnotizing beat in a satisfying rip on Ashanti’s own anthem. MNEK showcases his wide vocal range and soulful rhythm that makes you wonder how he hasn’t been a bigger name in American r and b.
At just over four minutes, this is the cool, refreshing track you and your friends will be requesting on the dance floor when the music that’s playing just isn’t right.