This is the year for rapper and activist Cormega. Last week the musician released his “I Made a Difference” single featuring a slew of rappers from the Hip-Hop community. Cormega held a press conference at Red Music/Stache Media where he addressed the need to help the victims in Haiti. It was on a trip there after the massive earthquake on January 12th, 2010; where the rapper gave his time and efforts to the people of Haiti. Since then, Mega has organized a coat drive along with performing at this year’s Hip-Hop for Haiti concert at S.O.B’s in New York City. Cormega adds “it was time for me to step up. I wanted to make a change and make a difference.”
Over 300,000 Haitian residents in the capitol of Port-Au-Prince were either dead or left homeless. Many are still in need of medical attention and supplies, clothing, food, and basic housing.
After his trip to Haiti, Cormega decided to write a song that would help the Hip-Hop community raise the awareness that’s still needed in the country. Also, rise to occasion to help the people of Haiti. But the project was hard to start from the jump. Cormega asked many rappers and musicians to contribute, but some were seeking other reasons than to donate their time and resources to the cause. He elaborates on how some of the egos made him shy away from some artists. “I asked some artists could they just spit a verse. Many were like, “who’s going to be on the record?” Moving forward, he chose vocalist/songwriter Maya Azucena to sing the hook on the record. Azucena, who’s had a major track record for donating her time and resources to causes like Haiti to domestic abuse, was more than adamant to participate in the project. Maya believes “this was something I had to do! I couldn’t sleep on this one! I’ve done many benefit concerts for the people of Haiti, but something like this tugged at my heart and when Cormega asked me to part of this, I jumped on it.”
Cormega then asked Red Media/Sony if they wanted to contribute that they were more than obliged to. Lamar Leggard of Red Media adds: “we at Red Media decided that not only are we going to record and promote “I Made a Difference,” were going to sell the song via i Tunes for .99 and all the digital proceeds will go to actor Sean Penn’s non-profit charitable foundation, The J/P Haitian Relief Organization.” Of all the major foundations and charities that are active in Haiti, Cormega choose Penn’s organization “because I saw the action he was taking in Haiti. Here’s an Academy Award Winning actor that not only took time out from his busy schedule, but was and is on the front lines helping the people of Haiti.”
Many members of the Hip-Hop community such as rappers Redman, General Steele of Cocoa Brovaz, Lil’ Fame of MOP, Stic Man of Dead Prez, keyboardist Jazimoto, and the band The Revelations performed and made a difference. The song “I Made a Difference” is now available on i Tunes as well as in a downloadable ringtone format for all cell phones.
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