A Violinist & Violist Covered Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Alright,’ & It Is Awe-Inspiring (Video)
Earlier this month, Classical duo Black Violin released Stereotypes, an album featuring their signature Classical music training with elements of more contemporary stylings mixed in. Comprised of Violinist Kevin Sylvester and Violist Wilner Baptiste, Black Violin (who once performed at the legendary Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater) worked with Pharoahe Monch, Melanie Fiona, Robert Glasper, and more on their most recent LP but have a long history of taking influence from Hip-Hop, particularly because both members consider themselves to be a part of the Hip-Hop generation.
Part of that influence is embodied by the duo’s choice in covers in which they infuse well-known Hip-Hop tracks with elements of Classical music, applying the sounds of their string instruments against a backdrop more familiar to most Heads. Thus far, they have covered Big Sean’s “Blessings,” Pharrell’s “Freedom,” Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” and many more. One of their recent covers takes on Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” arguably one of the most powerful songs of the year. Check it out.