Six must-hear covers by hip-hop and classical duo Black Violin
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Violinist Kev Marcus and violist Wil B of Black Violin are all about breaking down barriers, and one of the best ways to do that is through music. Black Violin strives to impart through their music the fact that there really are no real barriers, only perceived ones. While genres like classical and hip-hop may seem like they couldn’t be further apart, nothing could be further from the truth. 

One of the ways BV shatters stereotypes is through their #Redefined cover series where the duo take popular songs and add their own classical flair to them. BV breaks down barriers not only in how they reinterpret the songs but also in the songs that they choose. To see what we mean, we’ve compiled some of Black Violin’s best covers. Check them out below.

If you want to learn more about Black Violin and their mission to shatter stereotypes, check out the Uproxx video above. If you would like to see Black Violin live, follow this link to find tickets to select Black Violin dates.


Drake & Future “Big Rings”

In 2015, Black Violin reimagined Drake and Future’s track “Big Rings” from the the rappers’ collaborative mixtape, What a Time to Be Alive. Watch BV’s take on the song in the Complex video above.


Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On”/Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud”

In this skillfully executed mashup, Kev and Wil noticed the similarities between Marvin Gaye’s 1973 classic “Let’s Get It On” and Ed Sheeran's 2014 hit “Thinking Out Loud.” The mashup is a great example of how music transcends time and genre.


Kanye West “All Day”

Another great example of how music transcends time and genre, Kanye West's 2015 Grammy-nominated single “All Day” features a collaboration with Paul McCartney. Black Violin takes what Kanye and McCartney started and add their classical flair.


Imagine Dragons “Radioactive”

The 2012 hit saw Imagine Dragons breaking down genre barriers by combining elements of rock and electronic music. In the clip above, Black Violin covers the song alongside the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, with Wil B playing his viola like a guitar.


Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven”/Michael Jackson “Beat It”

Kev and Wil are joined by pianist Jacob Jeffries and cellist Joe Cello for a mashup of Bruno Mars' “Locked Out of Heaven" and Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” The quartet turn Mars’ funky club banger into a lush piece of chamber music and seamlessly incorporate MJ’s classic dance number.


Pharrell “Freedom”

Pharrell's 2015 critically acclaimed hit echoes the message Black Violin are also trying to impart, which is to be true to yourself and to respect the same in others. Watch BV's rendition of "Freedom" above and be sure to check out the video for their amazing original song, "Stereotypes," below.