Yo Yo Ma Biatchesrecorded on specially made solid gold cello.
It’s no surprise these days to hear classical musicians playing bluegrass, jazz or even heavy metal, but the Chinese-born cellist is crossing over into uncharted territory with his latest release, a CD of gangster rap entitled Yo Yo Ma Biatches.
The new disc, to be issued on Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, is slated for release on April 10, and features not only the musician’s skills as a virtuoso cellist, but also sees him dropping his own rhymes over the beats of producer RZA and remixes of classical favourites including Saint-Saëns’s The Swan.
“When they see me with my cello,
All da shorties say, “Hello!”
Shakin they asses like jello…” Raps the musician in his distinctive Chinese-American drawl. The lyrics refer to Ma’s cultural identity, political convictions and his own rags-to-riches journey from busking in Paris as a six-year-old to counting President Obama and the late Steve Jobsamong his friends.
Ma took a break from filming the title-track’s music video in Bel Air, Los Angeles to chat exclusively to Limelight.“It’s all about breaking down the boundaries and creating a dialogue between different genres,”...