Outkast's "Hey Ya!" has been a perennial turn-up song for so long that it might be difficult to imagine it any other way.
But when it's stripped to its bare essentials — just piano, vocals and layers of drones — the classic track reveals itself as not just a throwback jam, but a breathtakingly elegant composition.
In the below video, rising singer/songwriter payton (who has already made waves as one of TikTok’s many viral teen creators) transforms the GRAMMY-winning song into a tender ballad.
Ensconced in a rustic, mood-lit room, payton and his accompanying pianist don't flip "Hey Ya!" on its head, but get to the essence of what it truly is: a pop song with melodic integrity and emotional import.
In the newest episode of ReImagined At Home, watch payton deliver an arresting performance of the six-time GRAMMY-winning duo's signature song.
Immerse yourself in the above video and check below for more episodes of ReImagined At Home.