Michelle Obama is being credited as the inspiration behind hip-hop music's latest innovation -- A healthy hip-hop album for kids. The album, a brain child and joint venture between The Partnership for a Healthier America and Hip Hop Public Health, features an array of famous faces, music artists and, of course, First Lady Michelle Obama.
But for Obama fans looking to see the First Lady get down and groovy, that's not quite what this album is about.
The 19-track hip-hop collection, while inspired by Obama's Let’s Move! campaign, is more focused on the message in the music, executed through songs like “U R What You Eat,” "Veggie Luv" and "Hip Hop F.E.E.T," (which stands for "Finding Exercise Energy Thresholds," by the way) and appropriately features hip-hop artist Run DMC -- Who does, in fact, get down.
As for Michelle Obama? She's given a small intro part on the already-released hip-hop video debuting the teaser song, "Everybody." The First Lady's video clip on the hip-hop mix was recorded prior to the album's conception, but included as an honorarium to Obama's efforts behind Let's Move! and for her role as honorary chairman of the advocacy group, Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA).
“It is the only video [Obama] will appear in,” Elly Spinweber, Director of Communications and Marketing for PHA recently told The Washington Post. “PHA was created at the same time as Let’s Move!, and the First Lady is our honorary chairwoman, but we are a separate 501c3 nonprofit organization that works with the private sector on commitments to help end childhood obesity.”
All hands on deck, Obama and the two hip-hop album groups share the same aim -- To spread a healthy message to kids in a fun and creative way with the ultimate goal of ending obesity in America, specifically as it relates to children. And they've got famous and talented backup.
Other advocates on board with the album, titled Songs for a Healthier America, and its mission include TV doc, Dr. Oz, and famous music personalities Jordin Sparks, Doug E. Fresh, Travis Barker and Ashanti.