Imagine seeing women shaking what their mamas gave them during an orchestral arrangement. Well, that’s what happened when Sir Mix-a-Lot’s hit “Baby Got Back” was revamped.
Anthony Ray, better known by his stage name Sir Mix-a-Lot, has impressed the world with his debut at the Seattle Symphony, where he joined the orchestral group for the rendition of his ’90s hit “Baby Got Back” at the Benaroya Hall on June 7.
The 50-year-old rapper even invited women of all shapes and sizes to join him and dance alongside him on the stage. Move over, Miley Cyrus — some of these ladies have serious moves!
“Something you really should not do, but since tonight is orchestral movements from the hood night, I’m going to leave some of this open if a couple of ladies would like to get up on the stage,” Sir Mix-a-Lot told the crowd, The Hollywood Reporter reports. “I’m going to leave some of this open if a couple of ladies would like to get up on the stage. I don’t touch. We will not bite unless you want us to.”
So why was the rapper’s hit track turned into an orchestral arrangement? Well, it was all a part of the Seattle Symphony’s Sonic Evolution series, and the symphony commissioned London-based composer Gabriel Prokofiev to re-create the piece.
“My aim with this new Sir Mix-a-Lot inspired Orchestral work was to really get inside the musical mind of Sir Mix-a-Lot; to understand how his rhythms, textures, sounds and harmonies worked, and to create a contemporary orchestral composition that was true to the music of Sir Mix-a-Lot,” Prokofiev explained on his blog.