Aspiring Rappers Eschew Gangs On 'Rep Yo Set'
More than 20 former Los Angeles gang members-turned-rappers have united to record material for the compilation album "Rep Yo Set," due Aug. 8 via Universal.More than 20 former Los Angeles gang members-turned-rappers have united to record material for the compilation album "Rep Yo Set," due Aug. 8 via Universal. The two-disc set will be followed by a documentary that chronicles the making of the album.
The aspiring artists featured on the project include G-Cell, Tyson and Red Rum. "Rep Yo Set" will be distributed through Universal via Robert W. Lewis' Reputable Records and music veteran Charles "Big Chuck" Stanton's Drama Family Entertainment. The pair also produced the album.
Stanton served as vice president of rapper/producer Dr. Dre's production company for eight years and has worked with artists such as Jay-Z, Eminem, 50 Cent, the Game, Michael Jackson and Luther Vandross.
"We wanted to give back to the communities and give these guys the opportunity to redirect their energy in a positive manner," says Lewis. "These same neighborhoods have produced some of the best and most talented rappers out there."
Lewis and Stanton are also planning to visit gang-ridden neighborhoods in Los Angeles and New York. "You have to find those focused enough to go forward," says Stanton, whose 24-year-old nephew Ron Feemster helped produce the album. "You have to show them gangbanging doesn't save lives, but brings pain to our families."