There have been many attempts to marry classical music with hip hop. Who can forget Warren G’s “Prince Igor” which featured Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances or Nas’s Fur Elise-sampling “I Can”? But I can’t think of any like “Mozartistic” the new track from the unlikely children’s hip hop mogul Secret Agent 23 Skidoo we’re debuting here on Fatherly. Right now. Gird yourself. It’s gonna happen. Now.
Recorded earlier this year and performed live at the Asheville, N.C. Amadeus Festival, “Mozartistic” combines the hooks of the Mozart’s greatest hits, Skidoo’s golden hip-hop flow and a pianist and DJ trading fours. I have to admit I went into this leery. There is, perhaps, still a stigma attached to children’s hip hop. Add to that residual prejudice against classical music — instilled after years of forced listening to WQXR in parked cars by my own father — and I was ready to hate it. But Skidoo won a Grammy for a reason. He’s got mad skillz. He is — ahem — the mozartistic.
Beside the track just being generally dope AF, there was a lot of cool recording techniques used, including breaking the symphony into its constituent parts and duplicating the sound of a record scratching with violins. If you want to get geeky about the making of, which we whole heartedly endorse, check out the making of video too.