(AllHipHop News) Rappers are not often recognized for their charitable contributions, although many have hosted concerts to raise funds for various causes. Artists such as Jay-Z, Diddy, Rick Ross, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Green Lantern, B.o.B., and others have donated their time and ticket sales to various causes.
However, when it comes to donating proceeds from album sales, the philanthropic process can be riddled with political hurdles. Hip-Hop with a Christian bop is making a difference for African students in the Congo this winter via the website Rapzilla.com, which has produced a compilation album, King Kulture, set for release on January 31. Proceeds from the album benefit Ecole de la Borne, a school in the Congo.
“The literacy rate in the Congo is 66 percent versus 99 percent in the United States,” says Rapzilla co-owner and editor-in-chief Chad Horton. “We’re doing a project that is going to benefit people in the Congo who haven’t been afforded the same opportunities that we have in the states.”
That help comes in the form of King Kulture, a two-year project in the making. It features never before heard tracks from BET Cypher MC, Lecrae, as well as KJ-52, GRITS, Braille, Sho Baraka, Theory Hazit, Courtland ‘Xperiment’ Urbano, theBREAX, Eshon Burgundy, and more.
“This is something that hasn’t been done quite this way in Hip-Hop before - everyone coming together for a cause,” Horton said.
The first single from the compilation is by “Beautiful Eulogy,” featuring Braille, Odd Thomas, and Courtland ‘Xperiment’ Urbano. Braille has worked with premiere rap names like 9th Wonder, S1, Rob Swift, Evidence and more. Courtland Urbano, formerly known as Xperiment, was a finalist in the Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle.
King Kulture is available for pre-order on iTunes HERE and has a release date of January 31. See the King Kulture tracklist below:
- Welcome to the Kulture - George Moss (produced by Tony Stone)
- Beautiful Thing - GRITS (produced by Mo Henderson and Michael Millionz)
- Lift Up - Braille (produced by Theory Hazit)
- Faith - Dezcry (produced by C-Life)
- Get Wise - Sho Baraka (produced by Swoope)
- Breaking Out the Box - theBREAX (produced by Jruckers)
- It’s Going Down - Benjah ft. Watchman, and Stefanatto (produced by Benjah & Sky)
- Drop It On Em - KJ-52 ft. Japhia Life and Kelly Kelz (produced by Tony Stone)
- Nothing For Us - Eshon Burgundy ft. HotHandz (produced by HotHandz)
- Fight On - Young Joshua (produced by Chrys Beats)
- Beautiful Struggle - Yaves The Street Pastor ft. Ron Riley (produced by Cephas)
- Don’t Leave the Dash Out - K-Drama (produced by GeeDa)
- Stop - Jeremiah Bonds (produced by @rocdomz)
- King Kulture - Beautiful Eulogy (Braille, Odd Thomas, Courtland Urbano) ft. Theory Hazit and Lee Green (produced by Courtland Urbano)
- Bars - T-Word (produced by D-Hood)
- New Shalom (Dubstep Remix) – Lecrae ft. PRo (produced by Karac)