Rita Wilson Remixes 'Hip Hop Hooray' With Naughty by Nature for COVID-19 Relief Fund: Listen!

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Rita Wilson is putting her rapping skills to good use. Following her and her husband Tom Hanks' recovery from the coronavirus, the 63-year-old actress took to Instagram to announce that she had partnered with Naughty by Nature to record a remix of their 1993 track, "Hip Hop Hooray."

The recording will help to raise money for MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund, which supports music professionals affected by the virus.

"'Hip Hop Hooray' is like modern day Shakespeare," Wilson captioned a video of herself in the recording studio. "I originally learned the song for one of the most fun roles I ever played in the film Boy Genius. It took me a month to learn because it’s so complex and nuanced; it was like training for a marathon. The rhythms and tempos are so unique and creative."

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Hip Hop Hooray is like modern day Shakespeare. I originally learned the song for one of the most fun roles I ever played in the film Boy Genius. It took me a month to learn because it’s so complex and nuanced; it was like training for a marathon. The rhythms and tempos are so unique and creative. When I was quarantined and recovering from COVID-19 I wanted to see if I still remembered it, kind of like a brain exercise. To my surprise I did. I thought it would be fun to put it on my Instagram to show people I was doing okay and to make them smile. When @naughtybynature4ever commented about it, I couldn’t believe it. What a joy to be doing this remix with legends of the Hip-Hop world. I’m forever grateful for their generosity of spirit and for being able to raise money together for @musicares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Hit the link in my bio to listen to it and donate on YouTube! Available on all music platforms 4/10 👑

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The collab came to be after Wilson shared a video of herself performing the song and the hip-hop trio gave her rendition their seal of approval.

"When I was quarantined and recovering from COVID-19 I wanted to see if I still remembered it, kind of like a brain exercise. To my surprise I did. I thought it would be fun to put it on my Instagram to show people I was doing okay and to make them smile," she continued of the video she posted last month, adding that she "couldn't believe it" when Naughty by Nature celebrated her "skills."

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Wilson concluded by celebrating the "joy" of doing the remix "with legends of the Hip-Hop world."

"I’m forever grateful for their generosity of spirit and for being able to raise money together for @musicares COVID-19 Relief Fund," she added. 

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