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In the Boys & Girls Club Broadway location there are about 125 youth that attend per day. For the most part they’re all well-behaved small children and teens. There are a few that frequently engage in street life activities. That’s not to say they don’t want good things in life or a positive future. Unfortunately most don’t have positive role models and therefore result to criminal activity.

        Two weeks ago Johnny, a 14yr old BGC member was shot four times in his leg. This was the latest installment in a fed that has been taking place over the last 2 years. To my surprise Johnny and his brothers came into the studio a few days ago and recorded the song about bullying. The message in the song was that bullying is wrong and it makes people feel uncomfortable. I must admit I was thoroughly surprised considering most times people want revenge for situations like that. The recording session initially started off slow because they felt the concept of the song was corny. I thought it was as well lol. I’m happy to say they not only recorded the song but rewrote it countless times it until they felt it was a good representation of their feelings. For me I appreciate the fact that I didn’t have to force the song concept on them. They were persistent in asking me for studio time to work on this project. Upon completion off the song they had a battle rap. It went well but to be honest the lyrics were rather violent and as well a bit harsh. I took this moment to explain to them that having that mentally perpetuates the same violence that happened to Johnny. Once they saw it from a different perspective they no longer wanted to rap about guns and violence. I’m proud to say that Johnny, “Man Man”, Josh and Montana now hood interest in furthering their anti-bullying message!
Good work gentlemen!
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Wuda and Man Man

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The recording session

Challenge Accepted!

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On any given day Daerou will walk into the studio, chat for a few minutes about his future as a huge rap star, take out his pad and pen, think deeply…………………and then stuff his things back into his book bag only to disappear! This usually happens within the first ten minutes of his arrival and takes place 2 or 3 times a week. One Tuesday afternoon after Daerou went through his normal routine I pulled him to the side for a conversation. We discussed goals, the future and famous people whom he admired. It seemed to me all of his idols were hard workers and understood the importance of sticking to a task. The more we conversed Daerou started to notice this common theme as well. He mentioned Nelly a St. Louis born rapper who shoveled snow during the winter months to earn extra money to record his demo. We also discussed Rick Ross(Miami rapper). I mentioned to him that at one point he was a corrections officer working for the State of Florida. He and I both shared a laugh soon thereafter. Considering Rick Ross reputation as a “street artist” we thought it was comical for him to have worked in law enforcement. By the end of the conversation Daerou realized that his goal of being a rap star would only become a reality if he worked as hard as possible. I issued him a light challenge: If he we’re to come into the studio for 2 weeks straight and write a 16 bar/measure verse each day, I would close the studio for he and friend for one full day. Since Monday Oct. 16th I’m proud to say Daerou has come to the studio and completed his end of our deal. Looks like I’ll have to take a look at my calendar and figure out which day works best!

 

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“Hmmm What should I say next?”

 

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