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Album Review

Besides the fact that she's just so gosh darn beautiful, the hip-hop community took to Miri Ben-Ari because of her spirited playing that perfectly fit songs like Twista's "Overnight Celebrity," and in many ways it made them. Right from the title, The Hip-Hop Violinist relies too much on the gimmick of such a thing, and in the end comes off less satisfying than her jazz releases, which had more inspired tiles like Sahara and Temple of Beautiful instead of Female Israeli Jazz Violinist. Half of her guests can't help but dwell on her name, her beauty, and her quirky role in hip-hop, repeatedly giving props to her instead of offering anything substantial. Good news is Lil' Mo will have none of it, instead delivering the uplifting "Hold Your Head Up High" with a passion to which Miri's winding violin responds with spirit. "Chillin' in the Key of E" is intriguing Vivaldi meets Wes Montgomery meets hanging out downtown, and the Southern party anthem "4 Flat Tires" with Baby, Lil Wayne, and Six Shot makes up for a lot of filler. Hearing Doug E. Fresh's human beatbox accompany Ben-Ari's interpretive take on "Star Spangled Banner" is exciting and neither John Legend nor Kanye West damage their lofty status, but insights into Ben-Ari the artist are just too rare. Consider it a mixtape with Ben-Ari appearances and it's more hit than miss, but as thrilling and as fun as the album can be, you can't help but wish the unique voice on her earlier recordings was more center stage.

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The dope violinist

Miri the hip hop violinist is a big up for the hip hop community, her stlye and creativity are matched by none. Showing the world there are no boundries in the world of music and anything is possible. Look foward to seeing and hearing great things from this artist in years to come.

Album of the Year

An amazing album that combines beautiful classical music with dope rap performances. Miri is a musical genious and should be comended for her originality and tight musical compositions. This rap compilation is stunning and each cut brings something fresh and tight.


after 10 yrs at juilliard ,many solo classical and crossover cds,,,I was curious,about her,,,having had a key part in wynton marsalis' record with strings,.I was aware she has worked with him,So,,,I listened to a few 30second cuts,,,,I mean youve got to be kidding. ,,,this is so lame ,,. ,,without a shred of originality.,and why is every song "explicit" ,I love good crossover musicians ,but this is a painful sellout,offering nothing new to the hip hop genre,,,and laughable from a fiddle standpoint.As H. L. Mencken said,,,"no one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American people"


Born: Israel

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Few artists can say they're career launch involved both superstar rapper Kanye West and Carnegie Hall favorite Isaac Stern, but Hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari can. When the Israeli-born virtuoso's family couldn't afford her violin lessons anymore, it was Stern who stepped in, gifting the young prodigy a violin. She was later chosen to play in the prestigious Israeli Army String Quartet and fell in love with jazz, a love that brought her to the United States and the Mannes School of Music in New York...
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