DMV-based violinist/composer Marvillous Beats hit my line today with his rendition of Shai’s “If I Ever Fall in Love.” Those who know me know that this is one of my all-time favorite ’90s R&B cuts. So anyone who covers it? They’re going to have to come correct with me on their rendition. Marvillous Beats definitely does.
The first thing one’ll notice is that this is a completely instrumental track, featuring Marvillous’ violin skills as the “vocals.” It brings to mind fellow hip-hop-centric duo Black Violin, while also taking you back to the era where artists like Ye had Miri Ben-Ari on their work. In other words, it’s a solid addition to the classical hip-hop genre.
The next thing you’ll notice is that the instrumentation has been updated into a drill-esque vibe, all while still keeping the sensuality and smoothness of the original. That’s to say, you could still play this version during your late night sessions, just not with the Quiet Storm(s) of the world. Suffice to say, I was blown away by the talent and the ingenuity on display here. Check out the visuals below, which feature Marvillous rocking out in the comfort of his own home, and support dope music in all its forms.