Watch Thundercat perform ‘Them Changes’ with Ariana Grande for Adult Swim

Thundercat and Ariana Grande teamed up for a performance of the former’s 2015 hit ‘Them Changes’ during the first day of the Adult Swim Music Festival.

The pair performed with Thundercat’s band against a background of typical Adult Swim animation, with Grande singing backing vocals and the whole second verse. They see each other off at the end of the song with a COVID-safe foot tap.

Grande covered the song back in 2018 for a BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session, calling it her “favourite song of the past year and a half”. In a new press statement, Thundercat noted their connection: “It feels like Ariana and I are forever connected through Mac [Miller], and this is part of the healing process.”


Watch the unlikely performance below.

Grande recently released her sixth studio album, ‘Positions’. In a three-star review, NME wrote that “as an introduction to the next era of Grande’s career, it’s solid, but you can’t help but feel it’s missing some of her trademark sparkle”.

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Thundercat released his latest album, ‘It Is What It Is’, in February. In a four-star review of that record, NME described it as a “heavy rumination on life, death and healing”.

In August, the bassist revealed he recorded a whole album with his late friend, rapper and collaborator Mac Miller, but said “everything isn’t meant to be put out like that”.