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First Lady Michelle Obama partners to release healthy hip-hop album

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Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 8:38 am

On September 30th, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthier America and Hip Hop Public Health will release the Hip Hop-inspired album Songs for a Healthier America.

The First Lady will not be spitting any rhymes or hitting any high notes but she has assembled a bevy of Hip Hop and R&B artists for the album. A few of the artists include New York Knick/rapper Iman Shumpert, Doug E. Fresh, DMC and others.

The album is a part of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign which aims to fight obesity and promote fitness among kids. Let’s Move’s executive director and White House assistant chef Sam Kass explained why the album would have a Hip Hop feel:

So many kids listen to Hip Hop so why not give these messages to kids in a way that’s not preachy. I think hip hop in particular – so many kids love hip hop. It’s such a core part of our culture,” he said. “…Particularly in the African- American community and the Latino community which is being disproportionately affected by those health issues.”

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