Mainstream rap music, i.e. heavily celebrated music, is currently ominous. Fantastic accounts of a world where money grows on trees, crime pays and killing another in the name of “the game” is smiled upon. Getting arrested is a badge of honor. I grew up in Englewood, one of the worst areas in Chicago, and we just had our deadliest summer. When I walk the streets in my hood, I see devastation. So while I’m a rapper, and want to stay successful, it is more important for me to be responsible. My latest album, “Child Support” is here; a collection of songs I recorded in late 2011 as part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency at America SCORES. I partnered with ASCAP through my own youth mentoring program, Charm Lab, and we traveled the country making songs with over 200 students in underserved areas. We went to the infamous Bankhead area in Atlanta, Georgia. We went to the West Side of Chicago to record with at-risk girls. We went to Hunters Point, a notoriously difficult San Fransiscan neighborhood. We went to Harlem. We went to 9 different cities in all, and this album is proof that music of conscience can make a difference.
Just waking up in Boston, ready for my fundraiser tonight at Good Life Bar! I just received this video clip of my work with PS-352 in NYC! We had such a good time and I love the song we recorded, "Best Friend". Sometimes we forget about those who make us happy, those who we can trust, those who can trust us. Here's looking at all the good friends out there. You're the best!
I think we're gonna make the best song EVER! The kids need us, man. The Internet can't raise them all....because that would be scary. Find out how you can help our mission by visiting http://give.charmlab.org
So, we just finished recording our song "Best Friend" at Sugarbox Studios in Manhattan with the students of America SCORES NYC! Thanks to Rob, Sue, Coach "Cool" and all the girls for doing such an incredible job! A big shout out to Morgan at Sugarbox for putting in that extra work to get the best mix and best song from our group! When you love what you do it doesn't seem like work. A wise person said that......we are so fortunate to be able to give back in this capacity. Charm Lab thanks you......more videos coming soon so stay Tuned!!!
We spent 2 days in the Bankhead section of Atlanta with the students of Carter G. Woodson Elementary!
There was so much talent in the room we had to have a "rap off" to choose the individual parts for our song entitled "We Want it All"! The coaches and even a few ASCAP affiliates joined in the fun at legendary Patchwerk Studios, and the kind folks of Atlanta showed me and Charm Lab the best time ever!
A big huge thank you to Luther over at Patchwerk for putting in so much great work at our session. I can't wait to return!