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!
With the amazing announcement that Gerardo, singer of the memorable 1991 hit, “Rico Suave,” will be starring in his own VH1 reality series, our thoughts turned to all the one hit wonders we remember from the `90s. While we started to rock out to their signature tunes, we wondered who’d be ripe to make their resurgence via VH1’s stellar crop of reality shows.
Greatest Hits albums and Best Of collections can be pretty devisive. In one way, they’re a nice and convenient chance to get all of your favorite songs in a single convenient disc. Just look at Eagles Greatest Hits (1971-1975), which sold more copies than any record in the 20th century! But these compilations can also be seen as a cheap last-ditch effort to milk a few more dollars out of an artist who’s long been on the decline. This is goes double if the artist hasn’t actually had enough hits to fill an album to begin with!
KELLY CLARKSON WANTS TO BE A COWBOY
Kelly Clarkson took a break from all her touring and cover song singing to rep her team, the Dallas Cowboys, with a new anthem called “Get Up.” Silver, blue, white, away or home — you don’t have to be a Cowboys fan or even a football fan to get into this one. [Mix965Houston]
VH1 debuted the latest countdown in our long-running The Greatest series, the 40 Most Shocking Hip Hop Moments, this evening. If you missed it, don’t worry; it will rerun tomorrow night, Monday, September 19, at midnight. If you’re looking for the complete list, look no further. Here are the 40 Most Shocking Hip Hop Moments … so far!