Swizz Beatz Reaches At-Risk Kids In Brooklyn

Swizz Beatz spoke to a group of at-risk kids from the My School Has Rhythm Not Violence program at Canarsie High School in Brooklyn, NY this past Friday (10/24).

The kids are considered Canarsie’s 40 worst behaved students, per School Safety officers. The super producer took the stage around 12:30 P.M. and delivered a clearly unscripted speech, mostly addressing the detriment of gang violence and the importance of education.

“How many people here is in a gang?,” Swizz asked the group of chuckling teenagers. “If you in a gang rep ya set. But at the end of the day, your mind is how you go to war. So if you fill your mind with education, that’s your biggest weapon. That’s your gang leader.”

After Swizz’s speech, the kids split up into eight groups and performed positive raps they prepared all week. While the DJ spun T.I.’s “Swing Ya Rag,” Swizzy danced and posed for pictures with a bevy of awe-struck kids. After signing a slew of autographs, Swizz pulled aside a 15-year-old on probation for a gun charge.

“When I came in here everybody was like, ‘he’s the problem, he’s the problem’,” Swizz said once the auditorium cleared. “I’m gonna bug him out, because I got his number and I’m gonna check to make sure he’s in the crib at 8:00 to check with his P.O.”

In related news, Swizzie will be receiving the Breakthrough Spirit Award at the Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation fund raising gala tomorrow (10/28). Tiki Barber, last year’s recipient, will present the award to Swizz at the black tie dinner held in the Plaza Hotel.

“This stuff takes up a lot of time,” he told XXLMag.com. “But I’m really connected to this. Some people start all things outside the country, like Africa, but we have these problems in our own backyard. The kids in these schools. Man, shorty probably had a burner on him. It’s just like that.” -Mike Cohen

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  • Morado

    its nice ta hear of someone strengthening our own instead of spreading themselves so thin i mean how we supposed ta get these other countries up and running if we can barely stand ourselves

  • Sozzay

    Isn’t this amazing? 2 hours an no one has commented about some meaningful ****! I bet if Lil Wayne took a nap, there would be 100 internet groupies on here talking for hours. This is sad.

    Swizz, way to look out for the youth! We need more industry people checkin for the youth and the people of this country.

    XXL, good job putting something that is news worthy on this site. This is a rare thing.

    • BigD

      LMAO i have to agree with that. this shows you how fucked society is, especially black people. i bet you like you said if it was some dumb ignorant shit it would’ve been at least 500 replies lol.

  • Tёma

    Swizz is the shit man!

  • Antoine

    cm’on yall know nobody care bout positive,no matter how much they claim they do…i say big up’s to swizzie! for talkin to them kids and letting them know what the deal in this world is. the youth need some positive models in hip hip cuz these studio gangsters got they head all messed up. i just hope the kids open they eyes b4 its too late,cuz u dont wanna wait til ur locked up to reflect on ur wrongs and then realize what u shouldve been doing

  • Mama_Mia

    ALthough i remember swizz back in H.S. (i will not state that school in GA) i remember that he’d always had this shine or aka swag about ‘em. He had a vision back then in 10th grade in Coach WEEKS class….
    BUT I’m happy that he’s giving back, and doing great things in the community!
    Although his personal life (we either can be involved with speculation, or stay thr Fuk out)
    I think that i’ll pass on this 1,,cause i that
    GOOD GOOD-ain’t he ain’t going no where! LOL!

  • ChRi$ ~BrOoKlYnZ FiNeZt~

    good look swizzy…N i deffinatly agree wit ya’ll wit tha wayne joke…N THIZ IZ NEWZ!!!, GOOD SHIT XXL

  • Black basic

    That’s what’s up swizz, aint no youth aint no leaders, but i still sling that white for a living!