8 Rappers Trying To Save Chicago
"The Dreamer"Artist: Common featuring Maya Angelou
Lyric: "Once you find your shoulders dropping/And your speech gets slow and hazy/You better change your way of being/Before you found your brain got lazy/You can build a better future when you join the winning team/If you desire a bright tomorrow, you must build a brighter dream" —Maya Angelou
The violence that's happening in Chicago is well documented. There have been countless documentaries, music releases and reports of what's going in the area, but some hip-hop artists are thinking bigger by fighting back and campaigning against the violence. Here are eight rappers who are on a mission to save the city.
Common announced this year that Common Ground Foundation would be collaborating with Kanye West’s charity organization, Donda’s House Inc., and the Chicago Urban League in an initiative to supply employment opportunities to the community, known as The Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative.
Rhymefest in 2014 announced that he is gearing up to release his a new album, his first album since 2010. Violence Is Sexy will be not only be the name of his new album but the title of his upcoming book that takes a look at violence in our society.
Rhymefest has teamed up with PledgeMusic where they are asking fans to pledge here in return for gaining access to the pledger-only portion of the site. No release date is set for the album yet. A portion of the money raised will go to Donda’s House.
XXL Freshman Chance The Rapper's father started a social media campaign over Memorial Day Weekend to spread hope in an effort to combat the escalating murder rate in Chicago. Using the hashtag #SaveChicago, they asked people to take to the streets with posters and banners that read #SAVECHICAGO. Chance feels that he helped play a part in the 42 hours of peace and non-shootings in the city over the long weekend.
Russell Simmons announced during a press run in 2014 for his new book Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple that one of his goals is to try to implement yoga and meditation in schools in Chicago.
Waka Flocka Flame teamed up with Wallace Gator Bradley and his United In Peace, INC. to host an anti-violence concert in Chicago in 2013.
Lupe Fiasco Foundation with Project Orange Tree started a "wear orange" youth campaign to raise awareness about the need to end gun violence in his native Chicago in 2013. The mission was to educate children about violence and how to prevent the rising levels of weapons crimes in the city.
Twista began a campaign to create more youth centers in Chicago in 2009 and also made a PSA against the violence in Chicago in 2010.
Common announced in 2013 that he plans to create a "peace summit" with Drill music's biggest stars, specifically Chief Keef, in order to discuss ways to subdue the glorification of violence. Common also made a call to action to all rappers and artists to help fund educational programs in Chicago to help keep kids out of trouble.