We Can Do This Together is considering running a contest that would allow one underprivileged person to be featured alongside Grammy-winning musicians on a song that promotes unity, the common thread of humanity and brings downs the walls that divide us as people.
Perhaps this doesn’t apply to you but if you know someone (a little cousin, a teacher or inner-city youth advocate etc.) who it would, apply to, please pass it along. We are trying to gauge interest and would like to hear the youth’s thoughts on if we should progress with this.
This contest would allow youth to submit a short socially-conscious rap and the highest ranked contestant at the end of the contest would be featured on the song..
The song, which is already completed, was produced with an award-winning ensemble of music producers, 1500 or Nothin’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1500_or_Nothin%27) who have been nominated for over 20 Grammy’s and work spans many great artists such as Bruno Mars, Jay-z and Kendrick Lamar’s record-breaking album To Pimp a Butterfly.
Singer, songwriter and producer for the song is Grammy Award-winner James Fauntleroy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Fauntleroy), who holds an impressive list of musical accomplishments including co-writing every song on Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 experience, much of Rihanna’s albums and other work with several established artists such as Drake, Beyonce and Jay-Z.
His work on such songs as “Mirrors” and “Not a Bad Thing” have given him much accolades. You may have also heard his vocals on many songs such as Clique with Jay Z, Kanye and Big Sean, or alongside Kendrick Lamar and Drake. He is also the namesake of Rihanna’s “James Joint.”
Rapping on the track is Lil Durk who’s songs “Like Me” and “My Beyonce” with Dej Loaf have been in rotation on the urban charts. Growing up in a gang-ridden neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, he represents authenticity, uplfitment and has the ability to push social change.
Rapping alongside Lil Durk on the track is socially conscious rapper Talib Kweli. A musician and activist, who has been very outspoken and hands on regarding the need for urban upliftment, appearing as an international spokesman several times on major news networks such as CNN.
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