Watch: Karmin Debuts A Video For ‘Hello’ And These Girls Mashed Up Drake And Frank Ocean


There is a full-blown jam sesh in effect here in Nyack, New York thanks to the duo Karmin! A few days ago they debuted their new video for Hello and– I don’t know where I was– but I’m here with them right now. This song is all things fun and infectious, and I really wish I could stop listening to it. Okay, admittedly, I did stop listening for a second because I had to figure out who these guys were and they’ve been around for a little while. Some of you may remember the duo/couple from their single Brokenhearted, but they’ve also got a few well-known hip-hop covers, some of which they performed at the 2011 BET Awards. Anyway, once I found their Lil Wayne 6 Foot 7 Foot cover, I got lost in a YouTube vortex, which included (thankfully) the discovery of an amaaaazing Frank Ocean cover. Checkie out inside!

Oh, and about that Karmin song– how fun was that? The Chinatown setting for the vid was so perfect and I’m really feeling the singer Amy Heidemann; when I squint I see ChloĆ« Sevigny, which is always a good thing. I was also really impressed by the fact that the lyrics are well-written, even as they maintain the totally fun, pop aspect of the song. DirectLyrics hooked it up:

I will break it down for you and get a lil’ diva
Slaying on a prayer, on the record grim reaper
Running on thermometer, and yep I got a fever
Hi konichiwa, very nice to meet ya

Good times, good times. Here’s Karmin covering Lil Wayne and Corey Gunz back in the day:

And special thanks to PITNBr aubrey, who reminded me that this one should def go up:

And since one good cover leads to the search for more, this duo happened (they start with Drake, but the Frank Ocean part really heats up):

Y’all don’t understand! I tried my best to harmonize with them when they got to Thinkin Bout You. Not sure how it panned out in reality, but in my fantasies we sounded crazy good. And that’s all that matters.

Okay, so that’s my impromptu infectious new music round-up! Any Karmin fans in the building?

  • aubrey

    I think their cover of “Look At Me Now” sealed the deal for me. Anyone who can rap as fast as Busta is impressive in my book.

    • Shannon

      aubrey, you’re so right! I love hearing her say ‘Lil Tunechi.’ OMG. Had to add it to the post :)

  • Bethany

    I have loved Karmin for aaaaaages! I actually got into them through hair tutorials that Amy used to post (did you know her hair is naturally straight? What I know right). I’m glad you’ve come around too, haha. Amy is such an amazing rapper, even though her rapping face is hilarious looking. It makes me so happy that they’re becoming more popular. :D And yes, Look At Me Now is the best cover they’ve ever done. Absolutely amazing.

    • Bethany

      Plus they’re engaaaaaaaaaaaaged! Too cute.

    • Shannon

      Bethany, I’d read that they were engaged– they’re def a cute couple. I cannot believe Amy used to do hair tutorials– gotta find those!

  • Sam

    Is the “hello” part a throwback to Smells like Teen Spirit? Am I the only one who noticed?

    • Shannon

      Sam, nice! I hadn’t thought about that but I can totally hear it now. Not sure if it was intentional, but I like it!

    • Brenna

      I thought the same thing. It’s got to be taken from that, it’s too close not to be!

  • Ria

    This song/video is awesome. Karmin had a rough journey, and I’m surprised with their comeback. They’ve earned my respect.

    When they were most notable on Youtube, the whole act was a cutesy, theater-kid kind of act. Sure they were talented, but they sold themselves off as novelty toys instead of somebody to take seriously. And they extended that forward to their first single and video. As a young lady well past 12 years old, I found it awful. Gawker did too… they really pooped on Karmin’s parade.

    But I like what I see now. It has a story, edge, and roughness. It’s not some suburban-kid silly song. They grew up. It suits them.

  • Dezden

    I love the hell outta them!