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Rita Wilson Sings National Anthem For NASCAR Race And Does 'Hip Hop Hooray' Remix With Naughty By Nature

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By Yuriy Andriyashchuk

Back on March 11, Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks announced while in Australia that they had been tested positive for coronavirus. (COVID-19) They updated fans on social media frequently and showed a lot of optimism despite their current circumstances. They have since recovered and are back in Los Angeles.

For Wilson, music seemed like therapy for her while in Australia. She sung songs of hers and even rapped along to Naughty By Nature's hit single, "Hip Hop Hooray." This impressed users on social media and gave everyone a much needed smile.

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On Sunday, Wilson continued to display her beautiful voice as she sung the national anthem at NASCAR's Pro Invitational Race Series at Bristol. The race was done virtually though due to the current coronavirus pandemic. The video of her singing was recorded by her 24-year-old son, Truman Hanks, at her home in Los Angeles. Racing by drivers are now being done via simulators. Fan reaction to Wilson's performance were very receptive as they're happy that she's made a full recovery.

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Today, Wilson also released her remix to Naughty By Nature's "Hip Hop Hooray." She praised the song as a "modern day Shakespeare" as she originally learned the song for one of her "most fun roles" she 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."

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Wilson cited how the legendary hip-hop group applauded her for rapping along to it and now, how it's such a joy for her to do this remix. This is also for a good cause as they're raising money together for MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund.

"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. I’m forever grateful for their generosity of spirit and for being able to raise money together for @musicares COVID-19 Relief Fund. "

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This is definitely beautiful to see how Wilson is embracing hip-hop in this way along with Naughty By Nature reciprocating the love back. The did a phenomenal job here and music fans are definitely here for this. On April 8, she will also appear on the CMT for “CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares." This is to honor the country legend, Kenny Rogers, who died March 20 in Sandy Springs, GA at the age of 75 due to cancer.

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