Personnel: Miri Ben-Ari (violin); Miri Ben-Ari; John Legend (vocals, background vocals); J-Ivy, Akon, Musiq (Soulchild) (vocals); Consequence, Doug E. Fresh, Fabolous, Fatman Scoop, Algebra Blessett, 6 Shot, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Lil' Mo, Pharoahe Monch, Anthony Hamilton, Scarface, Styles P, Vicious, Zion, Baby, Lennox & Pitbull (rap vocals); Quartet Sebastian (strings); Andrej Jakus (trumpet); Hrvoje Pintaric (French horn); Vanja Lisjak (trombone); Nick Fury (keyboards, drum programming).
Audio Mixers: Miri Ben-Ari; Jason Goldstein; Ohad "Big O" Ben Ari; Kevin Crouse; Axel Niehaus; Leslie Brathwaite.
Recording information: Cash Money Studios, LA; Chung King Studios, NY; Mirimode Studios, NJ; Morris Studio, Zagreb, Croatia; Sony Music Studios, New York, NY; Touch Of Jazz Studios, Philadelphia, PA; TransContinental Studios, FL; Tree Sound Studios, GA.
Photographer: Adam Weiss.
Arrangers: Miri Ben-Ari; Doug E. Fresh.
On this 2005 album, Israeli jazz violinist Miri Ben-Ari reinvents herself as a funky, rap-loving performer. While such a career move might initially seem perplexing, it makes perfect sense when considering hip-hop's love of dramatic, string-heavy backing music. Those expecting an all-out rap album should take note--although THE HIP-HOP VIOLINIST features an army of guest stars (including Kanye West, John Legend, Anthony Hamilton, and Akon), Ben-Ari's expressive, Middle-Eastern-inflected violin runs remain the focus of the record.