Watch Umphrey’s McGee Cover R. Kelly’s “Ignition” Remix


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In 2003 R. Kelly released the album Chocolate Factory featuring “Ignition (Remix)” and even though you may have been a teenager when that song dropped, you most certainly remember it. According to our friends over at that place called Wikipedia (that site your teacher’s told you would never be an accurate source for information — joke’s on them still) the song did quite well.

“It peaked at #2 for five consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 behind 50 Cent‘s In Da Club and became his most successful song in the United States in the 2000s.” (Source)

It is pretty safe to say that Umphrey’s does a great job of choosing songs to cover. They don’t half ass these much and sometimes even great jambands butcher some covers, but that was not the case on this night. Here we see Umphrey’s “bouncin’ on 24s” while covering R. Kelly on 12/31/15 at The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO. The crowd was clearly into it as Brendan Bayliss belted out the lyrics in exquisite fashion as always.

Umphrey’s doesn’t cover hip-hop songs often, but they do have a few favorites. They seem to be big fans of Dr. Dre as they’ve covered the songs “Xxplosive” and “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” on numerous occasions. They’ve also covered Snoop Dogg’s (or is it Snoop Lion?) “Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None)” over 20 times so they do like to get down to some hip-hop occasionally. (Thanks allthings.umphreys.com)

“Ignition (Remix)” was the second to last song of the third set which seemed to be a great place for it. The 2003 hit was sandwiched in between “Space Funk Booty” and “40’s theme.” While many fans probably won’t highlight the R. Kelly track as their favorite song of the night, they’ll surely remember it fondly.

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