Long Beach, CA – Vince Staples is bringing smiles one song and one child at a time as he launches a music program at a YMCA in his hometown of Long Beach, California.
Coming off the heels of his Prima Donna EP, the Def Jam rapper partnered with Levi’s Music Project to create the Music Technology program. To kick off the program, he came to the YMCA with No I.D. to teach a songwriting class to a group of the kids.
“Everybody knows the words to ‘Happy Birthday,’ that’s why that shit is the hardest song of all time,” Staples says to the group as they laugh.
The 23-year-old explains while narrating the video that he hopes the program will help kids see that they don’t have to be the superstar rapper to be successful, but can work in other aspects of the music industry from engineering to the legal department.
This comes after Staples partnered with Councilman Rex Richardson to open the Youth Institute this summer to give middle school students in Long Beach a chance to take classes in filmmaking, graphic design and music production.
Watch the promotional video for Vince Staples’ Music Technology program with Levi’s below.