Hip-hop has proven time and time again that it sounds *amazing* when backed by live instrumentation. What’s better than a kid drum and some low end except hearing it all happening live, right? ATL team Migos hopped on the orchestra wave yesterday (July 21) by performing “Hannah Montana” live with the “Trap Symphony,” a classically trained orchestra.
Quavo and Takeoff (Offset is still in jail after his arrest back in April) mesh well with the classical arrangement, which got us thinking: what are some of the best hip-hop related orchestral performances of all time? We did some digging, and found six of the tightest orchestra/MC arrangements ever.
Suite for Ma Dukes (J Dilla Tribute)
A classical J Dilla tribute that’s over an hour long. Beautiful. Part 1 is below.
Deltron 3030 at Seattle KEXP
Dan the Automator, resident producer for supergroup Deltron 3030, takes their live show to the next level by bringing in a full band to back he, Del, and DJ Kid Koala. And Del just rolled in on a skateboard. Perfect.
Mos Def playing “Life In Marvelous Times” from The Ecstatic in Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn, NY.
During one of his increasingly rare appearances in NYC, Mos Def performed some cuts off of his latest album The Ecstatic with a live orchestra. Any chance he’ll do “Casa Bey” next?
Sir Mix-A-Lot X The Seattle Symphony playing “Baby Got Back”
Dont. Want. None. Unless you’ve got horns, hon.
Flying Lotus X Mugiel Atwood-Ferguson Orchestra showcase
Flying Lotus draws inspiration from across the musical spectrum, as most hip-hop artists do, and he brought his ethereal sound to the stage with the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble back in 2010.
Pusha T performing with a live band in Fort Lauderdale
I know it’s not an orchestra, but Pusha T with a live band is something I never knew I needed.