By Leo Stallworth
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WATTS, Calif. (KABC) — A state-of-the-art music studio has been unveiled at Markham Middle School in Watts.
A charity run by Lil Mussie, a rapper based in Auckland, New Zealand, outfitted the studio with state-of-the-art production equipment.
“This space has a recording facility…the whole concept around it revolves around creating music. Inspire the confidence in these kids to believe in themselves and focus on how amazing they are,” Lil Mussie said.
Markham Middle School partnered with donors to create the music production studio, which was kept secret from the students. Lil Mussie and other rappers have worked to ensure that students have all the tools to turn their dreams into reality in the world of music.
“At the time we were just doing the studio here in New Zealand and I just came up with an idea and if we started a studio in LA and here we are today with a launch,” Lil Mussie said.
Educators at Markham Middle School were overwhelmed with gratitude for the new music studio.
“As I share this space and look around me, I see inspiration and enormous potential…the inspiration of the Watts natives we see in these murals that happen to be present today “said Principal Alex Kim.
Some of the captions reflect Watts’ rich musical history straight out of it.
“I am the father of one of the fathers of rap music. It was in Watts that the first rap record in the world was recorded called ‘Rapping Black in a White World’. It is the first record on earth called rap. From there you have hip hop and all these things that come out of it,” Watts Prophet Hamilton said.
“When we started rapping it was social commentary and now it’s more entertainment,” D. Hamilton said.
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