Last week, Billboard announced 14 international rapper’s ambitious plan to release a charity single together. Throwing away the barriers of race, culture, language and sex, the collective known as Hip Hop for the World recorded a global anthem, “#HIPHOPISHIPHOP.”
Billboard is proud to premiere the single and its accompanying music video:
Hip Hop for the World includes talent from four continents and is led by South Korean rapper San E, known for his K-Pop Hot 100 hits like “Break-Up Dinner,” “A Midsummer Night’s Sweetness” and “Body Language.”
“‘#HIPHOPISHIPHOP’ is my high school dream,” he tells Billboard. “As an immigrant, if I let my friends listen to Korean hip-hop music, they’d be like, ‘They can rap in Korean?’ I always wanted to let everybody know hip-hop is worldwide; it can be rap in all different languages you never heard. It took awhile to make it really happen, now here it is.”
Alongside San E is U.S. MC/producer KRS-One, who’s earned a trio of entries on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit rap albums since the ’90s, plus acclaimed Finland rapper Redrama, Bosnia’s Frenkie, Bangladesh’s SadmAnn, Egypt’s Deeb, India’s Adx, Indonesia’s Yacko, Italy’s Strike the Head, Japan’s Julian Nagano, Portugal’s Valete, Singapore’s Pendekar, Taiwan’s Mr. Skin and Wales’ Mr Phormula.
Inspired by “We Are the World,” the all-star charity single released both in 1985 and 2010, all proceeds from “#HIPHOPISHIPHOP” will be donated to children’s education via UNICEF.
Hip-hop heavyweights like DJ Premier, Rook of J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, DJ Don Cannon and more notable rap voices have offered their support to the global anthem: