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Miri Ben-Ari

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Few artists can say they're career launch involved both superstar rapper Kanye West and Carnegie Hall favorite Isaac Stern, but Hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari can. When the Israeli-born virtuoso's family couldn't afford her violin lessons anymore, it was Stern who stepped in, gifting the young prodigy a violin. She was later chosen to play in the prestigious Israeli Army String Quartet and fell in love with jazz, a love that brought her to the United States and the Mannes School of Music in New York City. Straight out of school she released her debut in 1999. Titled Sahara and released on the Half Note label, the album drew positive reviews, most pointing out how sure and diverse this new violinist sounded. Recorded live at the famous Blue Note Club, 2003's Temple of Beautiful furthered Ben-Ari's status as an up-and-coming jazz musician. But Ben-Ari's love of music knew no borders, and even the diverse world of jazz couldn't contain her for long. She became a studio musician, and while most studio musicians play their bits without too much of an impact, Ben-Ari's genuine love of R&B and hip-hop was soon to take her from the background to the foreground. Sessions for Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Joe, Wyclef Jean, and many more led her to Kanye West. West hired Ben-Ari to write, produce, arrange, and perform all of the strings on his smash debut album, The College Dropout. The team also worked on Twista's hit single "Overnight Celebrity" and its accompanying video, which gave Ben-Ari plenty of face time on BET and MTV. A feature spot on tour with Kanye West and appearances on BET's 106 & Park and Rap City had audiences talking about this new hip-hop star and set the stage for her more street-savvy third album, The Hip Hop Violinist, released by Universal in 2005. . A year later she co-founded she co-founded Gedenk, a not-for-profit youth organization fighting against anti-Semitism and promoting Jewish Holocaust education. Her 2007 single "Symphony of Brotherhood," featuring the "I Have a Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., would climb to number two on Billboard's R&B/hip-hop chart while in 2011 she became the first Israeli to receive the Martin Luther King Award from Israeli president, Shimon Peres. That same year she was invited to the White House by Michelle Obama to be honored as a "Remarkable Woman", with a return visit arranged for 2012, this time to perform for the President, Barack Obama. ~ David Jeffries
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Miri Ben-Ari

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Miri Ben-Ari

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  2.   Intro
  3.   Sunshine to the Rain featuring Anthony Hamilton
  4.   New World Symphony by Pharoahe Monch
  5.   The Star Spangled Banner
  6.   I've Been Waiting on You
  7.   We Gonna Win
  8.   Sick Wit Da Flip Feat. Lil' Flip, E-40 & Czar-nok featuring Czar*Nok
  9.   She Was Just a Friend
  10.   4 Flat Tires
  11.   Miss Melody
  12.   Chillin' in the Key of E
  13.   Lord of the Strings
  14.   Hold Your Head Up High
  15.   Fly Away featuring Fabolous
  16.   Jump & Spread Out featuring Fatman Scoop
  17.   Riots featuring Mark Isham
  18.   Rejoice
  19.   Easy Now
  20.   Like a Rose
  21.   Sahara
  22.   The Scrapper
  23.   Dream
  24.   Room 511 (In the Memory of Betty Carter)
  25.   In the Shade of the Tree (I Will Always Remember Sarah)
  26.   Epilogue
  27.   Caravan
  28.   Pent Up House
  29.   Maiden Voyage
  30.   The Temple of Beautiful
  31.   Brotherhood
  32.   Miri Intro
  33.   Sunny
  34.   Mother Shipton
  35.   Give Me Some
  36.   I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
  37.   New World Symphony
  38.   Get That by Joe Budden
  39.   I've Been Waiting on You
  40.   Good featuring Ghostface Killah
  41.   Sick Wit Da Flip featuring Czar*Nok
  42.   Jump & Spread Out featuring Fatman Scoop
  43.   Good featuring Ghostface Killah
  44.   Hold Your Head Up High
  45.   We Gonna Win
  46.   Fly Away featuring Fabolous
  47.   Sunshine to the Rain featuring Anthony Hamilton
  48.   4 Flat Tires
  49.   The Star Spangled Banner by Doug E. Fresh
  50.   Jump & Spread Out featuring Fatman Scoop
  51.   Dame Dash
  52.   MTV Advanced Warning - Rap City Performance
  53.   Four Flat Tires
  54.   Heavy Hitters
  55.   Leave a Message, Pt. 1
  56.   Hold Your Head Up
  57.   Jay-Z Intro/Faithfully
  58.   Ghetto
  59.   To the Wall
  60.   You Can Get It from Me
  61.   Sick with the Flip
  62.   Ghetto Soldier
  63.   Stand Down
  64.   Overnight Celebrity (Freestyle)
  65.   Hypnotic
  66.   The Union
  67.   Scream Bravo
  68.   Dame Dash Get Money
  69.   Stand Down (Exclusive Freestyle) featuring Rah Digga

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