Making Musical Connections: Hip Hop and Russian Folk Music

This particular musical connection was brought to my attention by a student of mine. My students had to prepare a melody for our end of semester playing exam, and she chose a section of Brian Balmages’ Moscow 1941, which is based on the Russian folk song Meadowlands.

Turn up your speakers, it’s a little quiet.

Anyway, this student walked into class one morning after practicing the piece, and asked if I was a fan of a group called Jedi Mind Tricks. Turns out her brother was listening to her practice, and noticed that the hook of a Jedi Mind Tricks song entitled Design In Malice also used this melody.

Check it out (some NSFW language):

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