St. Louis Hip-Hop icon Nelly’s music received the orchestral treatment after theÂ artist performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra last nightÂ (July 14).
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the performance featuredÂ tracks such as âCountry Grammarâ and âHot in Herreâ with a positive response from the crowd.
“To be honest, Iâm sure there are a lot of people scratchinâ their heads, thinking Nelly? Symphony?â the rapper said. âBut it all meshes so perfectly with an orchestra behind me.â
This wasÂ certainly not something the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra wasÂ used to either, as it wasÂ the group’s first foray into the Hip-HopÂ realm.
“This is completely new for me, and Iâve done a fair number of the pop shows,â saidÂ PSO assistant conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong.
âHonestly, Iâve been listening to his music. Itâs more melodic than you would think. I think thatâs kind of his trademark is that he has these kind of catchy melodies that go with his lyrics,” Lecce-Chong continued. “So I think in many ways it wonât be too different than your typical weaving the orchestra into these kinds of songs. I think it could actually be quite fantastic.â
Despite the rarity of a collaborative performance with an orchestra and an MC, Nelly is certainly not the first artist to do so as Nas has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra and Sir Mix-A-Lot has done the same with the Seattle Symphony.