There is a certain trope you will see on YouTube, as a white dude (or sometimes a woman) decides to blow your mind with a sensitive acoustic guitar version of a rap song. These delicate covers of popular rap, hip-hop, and R&B songs are nothing new. You can listen to some guitars and whistles turn "Move Bitch" into a plaintive request, or a
woman whitewash Rihanna's "Work" to astounding Internet acclaim. Ed Sheeran is guilty of doing this repeatedly, whipping out his guitar and transforming the sexiness of "Pony" into something that might be better titled "Kitten," or, with the help of the Roots, turning "Trap Queen" into something played on your mom's favorite adult-alternative station.
The latest target for anodyne covers is Beyonce's
proudly black bounce anthem "Formation." Luckily for us, Twitter is not having it. As the Daily Dot rounds up, under the hashtag #TrapCover, Twitter users have posted their covers of innocuous Top 40 pop songs by white artists reimagined as trap music. Did you know Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles" could be a club-ready banger? Oh man, can it ever. Below, some of the best: