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Video: Akir - "Abandoned" (prod. Kasa Overall)
Posted by Steve Juon at Monday, March 28th, 2011 at 1:00AM :: Email this article :: Print this article

From Akir Music:

Video: Akir - "Abandoned" (prod. Kasa Overall)

A while back I was working at a Salvation Army foster home in the Bronx teaching Hip-Hop classes. At first it was very awkward, as the only resource I had was my iPod, some computer speakers and a living room. The kids definitely did not take the class seriously and the attendance fluctuated quite a bit. But the more I got to learn my kids versus pushing my objective on them, the more they started to open up about their experiences and my class grew. I was amazed at their resilience and their ability to comprehend such adult situations. Many of the stories I heard concerning their families and why they arrived here (the foster home) were absolutely mind-blowing. And just as we were making progress, as told to me, some Salvation Army executive stole a huge amount of funding that was once available for this program and others. My kids faced new cutbacks everyday until eventually the homes closed. Many of my kids ran away, were placed in other programs or were sent back to their dysfunctional families. I wrote this song for them over a crazy Kasa Overall track.

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