For Kazi didn’t make the participants just write lyrics about the hardships that permeate their lives. Rather, he stepped into the role of mentor, keeping in touch with each participant, helping them face the obstacles before them and make a conscious and conscientious choice as to what path to walk on. And Kazi didn’t stop there; so as to lead by example, he worked side by side with the participants in dealing with his own obstacles. In the true spirit of self-development and leadership, Kazi traveled back to his native Barbados to deal with some of the ghosts in his past that were keeping him down.
The depth of The Hip Hop Project is the main reason why it took four years from the group’s first meeting to the album's release date. And this is no delay; it was planned early on that the project would take some time, as Kazi intended for the participants to get to know each other and to get to know themselves. And because unique bonds are created when individuals embark on such an arduous journey together, I believe wholeheartedly that when The Hip Hop Project’s participants call each other ‘family’, they mean it.
The DVD comes with a slew of extra features, including deleted scenes and full performances. And to keep with the spirit of The Hip Hop Project, 100% of the net profits from the sales of the DVD are being donated to organizations working with youth.
You can learn more at The Hip Hop Project’s Facebook group.