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Hip-hop stars giving back

In an effort to support the Haiti earthquake, more than eighty musical superstars joined together on Monday February 1, 2010 to remake the charity anthem first recorded back in 1985 of "We Are The World".  Not all musicians who were apart of this charitable event were urban musical artists, but some of those who made the cut were T-Pain, Kanye West, Bizzy Bone, Kid Cudi, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Drake, Nipsey Hussle, Busta Rhymes and Swizz Beatz.  Twenty-five years ago, the first version of "We Are The World" was released in hope of shedding the light on the issue of famine in Africa.  Over two decades ago, millions of Africans were living under the threat of starvation.  Although the starvation factor has resurfaced in Africa, this time around the stars united to support the earthquake that devastated Haiti. 

As the popular hip-hop figures, among other artists from different genres of music, gathered in Jim Henson studios in LAX, their main focus was to make a memorable and sympathetic song to raise money for the relief efforts of Haiti.

The original version of the song that had mainly singers recording every line being sung was now transferred to some rap artists such as Lil Wayne who lent his raspy voice to help inspire those of Haiti who were effected by the natural disaster.  Lil Wayne thought organizers were joking when they asked him to perform the line originally sung by Bob Dylan.  When Weezy was asked if he did a better job than Dylan, he simply responded, "Hell no!" 

New Orleans native Lil Wayne was overall shocked at the amount of support that is being contributed to Haiti's relief efforts but was also in some sorts disappointed at the lack of people who sought out to help the streets of his city after hurricane Katrina.  The aftermath and destruction of both natural disasters can in some ways be compared to each other, but overall, Haiti probably grabs more attention because it is one of the poorest countries in the world.  Not taking anything from Katrina victims, but what the United States has compared to the Caribbean nation is like comparing Sean "Diddy" Combs to a local rapper still battling in the streets without a record deal. 

To donate or inform yourself more on the Haiti earthquake please visit http://www.helphaitinow.org/.

Comments

  • papa sue 4 years ago

    Great article Jmax. When u make it big time don't forget about loaning a few benjamins 2 your pops. FRONTLINE!!

  • alexis 4 years ago

    great article cakes..are you a journalism major or something? mansion statusss :)

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