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Artists use violins to bridge genres—and centuries
If you've hit up YouTube in the last year (and who hasn't?), you might have stumbled on Paul Dateh's Hip-Hop Violin performance with DJ Inka One on turntables. With over one million views and counting, the Los Angeles-based violinist, singer, and songwriter has become yet another internet star—but one on the basis of talent rather than humorous shortcomings (Chocolate Rain, anyone?).

Referring to Dateh as just another YouTube star, however, is a major slight to this innovate musician. Along with Dateh, other artists such as Daniel Bernard Roumain, Florida-based Black Violin, and Israeli artist Miri Ben-Ari continue to experiment with the unlikely fusion of classical music and modern hip-hop beats.

While the sound is still largely underground, "classical hip-hop" is slowly filtering into the mainstream. Ben-Ari has collaborated with the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Wyclef Jean. West, who credits her with pioneering the sound, produced her 2005 debut album, The Hip Hop Violinist. Black Violin's visibility has increased since recent tours with Diddy, the Roots, and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park.

Dateh's star appears to be on the rise as well. Along with his YouTube appearance, he has enjoyed increased airplay on Power 106 (105.9 FM) in Los Angeles and has won numerous awards for his work. Most recently, Dateh won an honorable mention in the 2006 John Lennon Songwriting Competition and was featured in ABC News "I-Caught" in August 2007.

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