An Orchestra Performs Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” + More Unexpected Covers

by (@JordanRuntagh)

Could 2014 be the year when symphonies gain some serious street cred? Nas performed songs from his seminal debut, Illmatic, with the National Symphony Orchestra in D.C. earlier this year, and Sir Mix-a-Lot has now upped the stakes in his native Seattle.

The “Baby Got Back” rapper took the stage during the latest installment of the Seattle Symphony’s Sonic Evolution performances, and brought along some eager rumpshaking ladies from the crowd to join him. He then launched into an amazing classical version of his iconic hit. And we’ve got to say, the Seattle Symphony didn’t disappoint with the new arrangement of the hip-hop anthem!

Sometimes the unexpected covers are the most satisfying. Head down below for more creative re-imaginings of classic tunes!

David Byrne Rapping Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend”

Former Talking Heads front-man David Byrne attended a a concert and rally for Content Creators Coalition in New York City , where he performed an epic rendition of Biz Markie’s hip hop classic “Just A Friend.”

 

Adele Covering The Strokes’ “Last Nite” 

Huge props to BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge program, which delivers seriously awesome (and often off the wall) covers on the reg. This one of a pre-megafame Adele ripping the stuffing out of the Stokes’ stomper is a personal fave.

 

Demi Lovato Covering Lil Wayne’s “How To Love”

Not to brag, but we were lucky enough to see the lovely Miss Lovato do this one live and in person at VH1 HQ in NYC back in 2011! She definitely stole the song from Weezy, in our opinion…