If you never thought you’d see the day when a symphony would play rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot’s iconic hit “Baby Got Back,” think again. The Seattle Symphony continues their super resurgence with a grinding rendition of the early 90s hit with Sir Mix-A-Lot himself.
Now in its third year, Seattle Symphony’s Sonic Evolution project creates a bridge between the Symphony and Seattle’s storied reputation as launching pad for some of the most creative musicians on pop culture. Each year, in celebration of the past, present and future of Seattle’s artist heritage, Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony commission world-class composers to write orchestral world premieres inspired by bands and artists that were connected to Seattle’s music scene.
For 2014, composer Gabriel Prokofiev wrote a brand new composition inspired by Seattle’s own Sir Mix-A-Lot, as well as orchestrating two of the rapper’s most famous hits, notably “Baby Got Back.”
In a performance destined for the halls of the Seattle Symphony, Sir Mix-A-Lot and the symphony not only gave a rousing performance but brought created the only time we’d ever see booty shaking during a symphony performance.
For the record however, Sir Mix-A-Lot and the Seattle Symphony’s classical hip-hop rendition of “Baby Got Back” was not the first ever bump-and-grind track, as the honor belongs to rapper Juvenile’s 1999 hit “Back That Ass Up.” The Mannie Fresh-produced track featured a notable string intro, a string chorus, and an intro to a then young Lil’ Wayne.
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