Long Beach emcee Vince Staples has joined forces with Levi’s to launch a music technology program for the youth in his hometown of Long Beach, California.
Vince kicked off the program by leading a songwriting workshop and bringing in veteran producer No I.D.—the man who signed him to a record contract at Def Jam—to show the kids the ins and outs of song composition and mixing. Who better to learn from than one of the best young lyricists in the game and a legendary composer?
The program is set to run year-round with the goal of helping kids to realize that there are plenty of important jobs in the music industry aside from being an artist.
Since the start of his career, Vince has been very vocal in his music about his rough upbringing. It’s admirable to see such a young artist provide an outlet for the youth in his community to develop their skills as musicians, producers, and engineers, rather than being lost and in the streets.
Vince wants the youth to understand that you don’t have to be a superstar to be successful.
Through our circumstance we are taught that we are worth less. There aren’t people asking kids what they want to be over here. We have to change the way we interact with people we necessarily don’t know…there are a lot of people that need help.
Staples is fresh off the release of his Prima Donna EP, unarguably one of the most compelling releases of the year. If you haven’t heard it yet, now would be a great time to check it out.
By Marcus Blackwell. You can follow him on Twitter.
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