Roommates, Apple Music and Rap Life visited the campus of Howard University and brought rappers Nas, Lil Baby, Rapsody, and Wale along for the first Rap Life LIVE.
The special live-stream captured on the campus will air on Friday September 18, at 7 pm PT only on Apple Music and aims to further extend the discussion around the many important issues impacting the Black community such as police reform, racial and gender equality, social justice, and standing up to racism through music and conversation.
Hosted by Ebro Darden, Apple Music’s global head of Hip-Hop and R&B, and Apple Music 1 hosts Nadeska and LowKey, Rap Life Live will feature sit down interviews with Howard University students providing a global platform to empower the next generation of leaders as they discuss how they are working to inspire, educate, unite and uplift their communities.
”The Rap Life team’s main objective was to use our voice and tools to show support and solidarity with students, artists and activists around the nation rising up to make sure the world knows that Black Lives Matter,” Ebro said. “We plan to bring Rap Life Live to more HBCU campuses because these institutions are part of the backbone of Black communities and Hip-Hop is from the Black experience.”
When asked why they wanted to participate each artist chimed in to express why this event was important and why they are eager to participate.
Lil Baby said, “I feel like we got a long way to go… I’d be lying if I said we are getting there. Don’t get me wrong it’s a start, but it’s going to take some time for this to work out.”
Nas said, “Whatever is going on in society, affects people. People affect society. And People are going to speak and artists are going to make art.”
Wale said, “Black people need to understand and hear each other, combine our messaging and give it to the world.”
Rapsody said, “our voice is our biggest weapon. You have to speak up for what you want. You have to be the change. Speak to each other. Speak up, let people hear you.”
Tune in to the inaugural Rap Life Live Friday September 18, at 7 pm PT only on Apple Music.