Rappers Fight For Education

Contrary to what some people would like to believe when it comes to the world of rappers, there are some kind-hearted mic-busters who actually care about the world they live in and not just go around shooting.

Take Mos Def, Wu-Tang Clan and Jay-Z for example, who are busy protesting against planned cuts in New York’s education budget.

They, plus other rap luminaries such as Ja Rule, Fat Joe and Ashanti, will take part in a demonstration outside New York City Hall on June 4th to protest against Mayor Michael Bloomberg plan to slash funding for education by $1 billion.

Def Jam founder Russell Simmons is also planning to show up on the day and said in a statement “We are mobilising the hip-hop community to join with the United Federation of Teachers and the Alliance for Quality Education because education is a vital issue for hip hop. I visit schools all the time, and I’m tired of hearing about kids sharing books and having no desks of their own. I’m tired of the debate of ‘Who will manage the schools?’ when the real issue is ‘Who will prioritise the funding of our children’s education?’

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