@TheMadViolinist - Bassnectar & Ellie Goulding’s “Lights”
When Ashanti Floyd, was a fifth grader in Tallahassee, his classmates laughed at him for playing the violin. With Tupac Shakur cranking out multiplatinum records, there were few young African American violinists, let alone ones traveling to Europe for classical music competitions. But by high school, Floyd’s gym performances inspired such bedlam that the principal had to shut down student assemblies.
Now the Grammy-nominated Atlantan is helping lead a rising wave of hip-hop violinists. His work has been featured on thirty major albums by the likes of Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Fantasia, John Legend, and his childhood friend T-Pain. CLICK THE PIC to watch him go HAM on a dubstep favorite.