Salvation Army Service Plays on Compton’s Hip-Hop, Musical Roots
When most young people hear the word “Compton,” the first thought that comes to mind is probably related to one or more of the prolific hip-hop artists who called it home. The city of Compton maintains a rich, although troubled, legacy of rappers and DJs who hail from its storied streets.
With music and performance in the city’s blood, the local Salvation Army has geared their newest service initiative toward this part of the community’s culture by opening a new recording studio within The Salvation Army facility. Here, anyone is welcome to come in, sit down, and express themselves in verse. While most professional recording studios charge exorbitant usage fees , The Salvation Army’s studio offers recording services and use of their state of the art equipment for very nominal costs, making it attractive to a range of clients, from those with musical career aspirations to those newly or casually exploring music and recording.
Producer K9 talks about his involvement with The Salvation Army Compton’s new recording studio and the positive impact it has on the local community. Video: The Salvation Army’s Southern California Division.
Furthermore, it provides a safe environment for at-risk youth and individuals to get off the streets and away from the temptation of gangs, drugs, and violence. While these negative influences are glorified in many popular songs today, The Salvation Army in Compton requires that music recorded in their studio be ‘clean,’ or void of promoting such vices, so that their resources serve to build others up rather than tear them down.
To learn more about this cool initiative you can read the following article from the Los Angeles Wave that provides great insight into the founding and running of The Salvation Army’s recording studio: Salvation Army serves up rhymes in new recording studio
For more information about how The Salvation Army is serving Compton, visit their website at www.salvationarmy-compton.org.