The video went viral, and Naughty by Nature recognized Rita’s rap skills.
Rita shared a video on Instagram of her recording the vocals in a home recording studio (by herself, because social distancing is important!). She also explained in the caption why she loves the song.
“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,” she wrote.
“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.”
In a statement given by Naughty by Nature, they said, “We are honored to have Rita Wilson recite our song. We were totally shocked she could rap the verses so well. We were aware she contracted COVID-19, and was quarantined along with her husband, Tom.”
“The next thing we know, everyone began to inbox us her Instagram. We are honored to be part of the remix of our classic song to raise awareness and help fight the coronavirus.”
Proceeds from the song will go to MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund. Listeners can donate via YouTube, and the song will be available on all music streaming platforms on April 10.