Watch the epic performance at Howard University presented via Rap Life on Apple Music — Rapsody, Lil Baby, Nas, and Wale perform songs that offer light and legacy.
Rap Life, Apple Music’s industry leading hip-hop playlist, featured an important and meaningful live event captured on the campus of Howard University on Friday night (September 18). Lil Baby, Nas, Wale and Rapsody performed at one of the most historic and prestigious HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) in the world.
Hosted by Apple Music’s global head of Hip-Hop and R&B, Ebro Darden along with Apple Music 1 hosts Nadeska and LowKey, the event featured intimate conversations and bespoke performances from beloved rappers Lil Baby, Nas, Rapsody and Wale.
“The Rap Life team’s main objective was to use our voice and tools to show support and solidarity with students, artists and activists around the nation rising up to make sure the world knows that Black Lives Matter,” Ebro said. “We plan to bring Rap Life Live to more HBCU campuses because these institutions are part of the backbone of Black communities and Hip-Hop is from the Black experience.”
Lil Baby continued his successful 2020 by kick starting this special Edition of Rap Life Live. Raping to his socially conscious hit ‘Bigger Picture’. A single which led to Lil Baby’s ‘My Turn’ album returning to the top of the Billboard charts in June. (Also view: Lil Baby’s No. 1 Streak Continues With ‘My Turn’ Album)
When asked why he wanted to participate, Lil Baby said, “I feel like we got a long way to go… I’d be lying if I said we are getting there. Don’t get me wrong it’s a start, but it’s going to take some time for this to work out.”
Nas who recently dropped his thirteenth studio album with King’s Disease this past August, expressed the importance of using the artform as a voice for what is going on in the world today. “Whatever is going on in society, affects people. People affect society. And People are going to speak and artists are going to make art.”
The special also featured feature sit down interviews with Howard University students – including student association president Rachel Howell, Miss Howard University Taylor Davis and president of the 10for10 organization Peter Lubembela.