Naturally 7’s Acapella Remake Of Digable Planets’ Hit Is Slick & Cool Like That (Video)

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Naturally 7 are a seven-man acapella group out of New York City. However, the septet strafes the line between traditional vocal group and beat-boxers. They don’t simply sing. Each member has also all mastered imitating a specific instrument. While they have dropped eight albums full of original material since they formed in 1999, they are possibly best known for viral videos covering Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” in random places across the glove. These videos have garnered views in the millions.

Now, these seven human instruments flip Digable Planets’ hit “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like That).” The video premieres at Ambrosia For Heads. From the moment the stand-up bass kicks in and then the finger snaps join it, it’s evident this cover is something special. The crew sings the majority of the raps, and they break the verses up so that each member gets their shine. The members occasionally add in original lyrics to personalize the track. They also work in someac fresh breaks, including finessing a portion of the jazzy theme from the 1960s Spider-Man cartoon at the 4:11 mark.

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This video serves as a great marriage of music and visuals. Naturally 7 also uses the city backdrop to its advantage. For example, they croon, “Sending chunky rhythms straight down your block” as they stroll down the sidewalk on a sunny day. They also doo-wop their way around Times Square on a clear night with all the giant LED screens flashing.

Last year, the BMG-backed septet released Both Sides Now album.

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Naturally 7 begin a run of shows in the US starting next week:

April 19, NYC – The Iridium
April 20, NYC – The Iridium
May 02, Los Angeles, CA – The Mint
May 10, Cincinnati,OH – Memorial Hall
May 11, Kent, OH – Kent Stage
May 13, Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room (Old National Centre)
May 14, Nashville, TN – The Mercy Lounge
May 15, Atlanta, GA – The City Winery
May 21, Washington, DC – Pearl Street Warehouse
May 22, Annapolis, MD – Ram’s Head-On Stage
May 25, Rockport, MA – Shalin Liu