ABOVE: Watch Sir Mix-a-Lot perform “Baby Got Back” with the Seattle Symphony.
TORONTO — Rap stars Sir Mix-a-Lot, L.L. Cool J and T.I. crossed into other genres recently to deliver performances that quickly got people talking.
Sir Mix-a-Lot, 50, collaborated with the Seattle Symphony for a reboot of his ’90s smash hit “Baby Got Back.”
Mix-a-Lot, whose real name is Anthony Ray, invited women from the audience to join him on stage as dancers — and at least two dozen accepted the invitation.
The performance was part of the Seattle Symphony’s Sonic Evolution program, which creates new orchestral pieces inspired by Seattle music icons.
Then, on Sunday night’s Tony Awards broadcast, host Hugh Jackman noted that Music Man composer Meredith Willson may have created “one of the very first rap songs” in 1957 when he penned the musical’s opening number, “Rock Island.”
Jackman was then joined on stage by rap stars L.L. Cool J, 46, and T.I., 33, for a hip hop version of “Rock Island.”