The Hip-Hop Violinist

By Ashleigh, age 13, Louisiana

Don't mind all the wild dirty blonde hair and the gorgeous face. This girl is fierce!! She's Miri Ben-Ari, also known as the Hip-Hop Violinist. Ben-Ari is a former child prodigy who was discovered by Wynton Marsalis and Kanye West over the course of her many early gigs as a music student in New York.

Miri has traveled the country and the world, and has performed some of the hottest collaborations with Kanye West, Twista, Mariah Carey, and Subliminal. She was also featured on the smash hit "This Love (Remix)" by Maroon 5.

While her recent album "The Hip-Hop Violinist" is packed with guests from Kanye to John Legend, Ben-Ari promises that her next album will have a lot more in common with her latest single "Symphony of Brotherhood". "I got pressured by my old management to feature a lot of other artists [on my debut]," she says. "The Hip-Hop Violinist" was released on September 20, 2005.

If you want to listen to her music and learn more about the Hip-Hop Violinist and her new breakdowns on the pop music world, go to!!

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March 15, 2012

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- The difference between men and women
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