Profits from the track will benefit MusiCares Foundation Inc. COVID-19 Relief Fund.
The actress and producer recently dropped an energetic clip of herself rapping to the hit single. Prior to the video, Wilson and her husband, Tom Hanks tested positive for COVID-19. The video was shot while she was recovering from the deadly virus.
The release of the remix on behalf of Wilson and Naughty By Nature is set to benefit the MusiCares Foundation Inc. COVID-19 Relief Fund. The funds from the song will help individuals in the music community affected by the ongoing pandemic.
When speaking on the remix, Wilson shared, “‘Hip Hop Hooray’ is like modern-day Shakespeare.” She went on to say, “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. 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.”
Naughty By Nature said they were “shocked” Rita rapped the verse so well in the viral clip. In a joint statement, the group (Treach, Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee) also said:
“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. Thanks again to Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks for embracing us, and for helping us take the unexpected viral moment further for such a great cause.”
Listen to the “Hip Hop Hooray (Remix)” below, it will hit streaming platforms on Friday, August 10.