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Apple Music Enlists Lil Baby, Nas & More for Racial Justice Concert

Rap Life, Apple Music’s leading hip-hop playlist, is going live.

Tonight (Sept. 18), Apple Music global head of hip-hop and R&B Ebro Darden, along with Apple Music 1 hosts Nadeska and LowKey, will host Rap Life Live, an event designed to “extend the discussion around the many important issues impacting the Black community.” Held on the campus of Howard University — one of the U.S.’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) — the event will feature conversations with and performances from rappers Lil BabyNasRapsody and Wale.

In addition, Rap Life Live will include sit-down interviews with Howard University students including student association president Rachel Howell, Miss Howard University Taylor Davis and Peter Lubembela, president of the Black-run 10for10 community service organization. All will discuss their work “to inspire, educate, unite and uplift their communities.”

A press release notes that health precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the participants, including daily health screenings, face coverings and regular thorough cleanings of the facilities, along with other measures in accordance with national and local COVID-19 guidelines.

“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,” Darden said in a statement. “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.”

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