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  • Basically anywhere there are people

  • that wanna be heard, or wanna get something

  • off their chest, I bring Mobile Stü to them,

  • and give them the option to either record,

  • spit some poetry, sing, rap, self-express.

  • Mobile Stü is basically a recording studio

  • that I started out of my car.

  • I was trying to solve a problem,

  • and that problem was equal access

  • to musical equipment, or a recording studio.

  • Young people from different neighborhoods

  • can all access a studio because

  • I bring Mobile Stü to the people.

  • Yeah, we're going on the street right now.

  • We're going to the hood.

  • So when I get to the spot, I pull over,

  • crack the trunk, get out all the equipment,

  • hook up the microphone, the mic stand,

  • then they see me pull out the mix board,

  • and I start playing beats.

  • Yo, where my Cypher Heads at?

  • We 'bout to get into this.

  • Everyone starts to come over

  • and wants to express themselves on the microphone.

  • Boston on the map

  • Brand new beats, so it's a brand new flow

  • Four sticks just like a Kit Kat

  • And at the same time

  • that they're doing that, I'm recording it,

  • so I give them a version of what they said.

  • It's like an audible Snapshot.

  • So there was this young man that was murdered in Dorchester.

  • There's a whole bunch of people that all, like,

  • they really wanted to get revenge.

  • I drove through with Mobile Stü,

  • and basically I'm giving them

  • the option to express themself.

  • I kinda realize that Mobile Stü wasn't

  • just as simple as I thought it was.

  • It was de-escalateing people,

  • and so we're like, "This is de-escalating.

  • How can we use this to de-escalate a national crisis?"

  • Which was cops killing kids.

  • Cops particularly killing young, black men.

  • We had the opportunity at that same time

  • to come together musically, which we use Mobile Stü to do.

  • Walk with, feel with, let's do it

  • - The important aspect of working

  • with officers and young people together,

  • there's a kinda different kind of a bond

  • when you know someone not just as a officer arresting them,

  • or having to see them when something bad happens.

  • Right after all of that stuff started happening,

  • I started getting calls from the Boston Public Schools.

  • Walking into an elementary school is a little bit different

  • because we're talking about a classroom

  • that was supposed to be the worst class

  • in the school at the time, special needs.

  • Young people that have been through some serious trauma,

  • and I found out that almost all the kids

  • in there were musically inclined.

  • They wanted to be a rapper, or a singer, or a poet.

  • To see a young person excited about something good

  • that they're doing, and I get to provide that moment,

  • that's what's gratifying to me.

  • These guys deserve to have the opportunity

  • to learn how to record.

  • They deserve the ability to express themselves.

  • You got this ability to get yourself heard,

  • even if it's just the whole neighborhood in that moment,

  • makes people feel value, that something

  • like that comes to them.

Basically anywhere there are people

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    Evangeline posted on 2018/05/28
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