Aryay's 'Never Gonna Leave' Video Helps Chicago's At-Risk Youth, Honors 556 Murdered in 2016: Watch
“In 2015, there were 509 murders in Chicago. As of Sept. 26, 2016, there have been 556 murders.”
Those last 556 are from the start of the year, and those stunning facts hit viewers in the face like a ton of bricks at the end of Aryay's beautiful music video for OWSLA release “Never Gonna Leave.”
The track itself is fun and uplifting, soulful to the point of spirituality. It's the perfect musical accompaniment for the smiling faces of Chicago's South Side on parade throughout the clip. It's a joyous celebration, though it tackles one of this country's bitterest pills.
Aryay's incredibly moving video is not just lip-service. Fans are urged to visit owsla.com/aryay to learn more about and donate to Kids Off The Block, a non-profit dedicated to a safe and positive where Chicago's at-risk kids can create, be exposed to new cultures, cultivate skills, and celebrate their accomplishments. All who donate are entered for a chance to win live production lessons from Aryay and a 2-month Splice membership.