If you ever wondered how the classical version of Kanye West‘s “All Day” would sound, Black Violin is here to calm your mind. The violin duo made up of Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste (viola) and Kevin “Kev” Marcus Sylvester (violin) fuse hip hop and pop with classical music to create a unique sound you probably have to train your ears to appreciate. To make it easier on you, the group take on hit singles and put their classical spin on them with their viola and violin, often times breathing new life into the track. In their latest rendition, the violinists strip “All Day” down to its core, ampifying their strings to add some sensitivity while still maintaining the single’s edge. Nat Stokes handles the drums while DJ SPS strategically injects Kanye’s vocals throughout the performance. You can’t help being mesmerized by their talent that you actually forget you’re listening to a Yeezy cut.
Both Wilner and Kevin are classically trained and have opened up for the likes of 50 Cent, Aerosmith, Wu-Tang Clan, Linkin Park and more. While the duo has a lot of fun with covers, they have original tracks of their own that recently landed them on the #2 spot on the Apple Music R&B charts. Black Violin’s major label debut Stereotypes, was released mid-September and features guest appearances by Pharoahe Monch, Black Thought, Melanie Fiona, Robert Glasper and Kandace Springs. If you want to enhance your music palate and get a side of classical culture along with your pop and hip hop, you can purchase Black Violin’s latest album Stereotypes on iTunes or stream it on Spotify. In the meantime, press play on the video, and let us know if you could listen to Black Violin “All Day.”