After Rita Wilson Rapped ‘Hip Hop Hooray’ on Instagram, the Original Artist Reached Out — What Did Naughty By Nature Really Think?

Rita Wilson and her husband actor Tom Hanks were both diagnosed with coronavirus during a work trip in Australia in March. Hanks was participating in pre-production for Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis film when they both became ill. But now that they’ve recovered, Wilson is using her time in quarantine quite productively.

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In April, Wilson appeared on Today to talk about her initial response to her COVID-19 diagnosis.

“It was scary,” she admitted. “… until you have a health crisis … you think that happens to someone out there.” But Wilson feels very thankful for the healthcare workers that helped her get through her severe symptoms of fever, aches, chills, and the loss of taste and smell.

On The Talk, Wilson also shared how she is staying strong and positive during the coronavirus pandemic through her Greek Orthodox faith.

“Even before I get out of bed, I say my gratitude prayers,” she said. “… You really have to take one day at a time.” To stay active, Wilson is exercising, walking, and trying to be with people who make her feel good.

Wilson is releasing new songs during the 2020 pandemic

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Wilson is also turning to music during the quarantine. In an April 2020 interview with CBS This Morning, Wilson shared: “I think music is healing. If something is giving someone comfort or peace, I’m thankful to be part of it.”

She also explained how she came to participate in a remix of “Hip Hop Hooray” with rap group Naughty by Nature as she recovered from the coronavirus. Wilson had originally learned the lyrics for her role in the movie Boy Genius.

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During her healing period from COVID-19, Wilson thought it might be a good “brain exercise” to see if she could recall the lyrics. She shared her practice performance on her Instagram page to encourage people. She also wanted to show that she and Hanks were fine.

After seeing her post, Naughty by Nature reached out to suggest recording the remix together to benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. The fund benefits musicians affected by the pandemic.

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Wilson has also collaborated with country newcomer Jimmie Allen. Allen is the first Black artist to launch a career with two consecutive number one country hits, “Best Shot” and “Make Me Want To.”

In a USAToday interview, Wilson reports Allen reached out to her about the possibility of recording a song with Tauren Wells and the Oak Ridge Boys.

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That led to the new song, “When This is Over.”

“What resonated with me about the lyrics is that we all go through hard times and think they’re never going to end, but this, too, shall pass,” Wilson expressed to USAToday. “So, I loved the positive message of, we’re gonna be OK and we’re gonna take care of each other.”

She describes the quarantine as an “enormously creative time.” Although she was not expecting to either contract the virus or release music during the global health crisis, she has clearly been finding the strength for it all.