San Francisco, CA, September 2014 – Future Youth Records, which has a long-term association with San Francisco’s Studio Trilogy, has completed a preliminary chapter of the Mission Girls Remonstrance Project. Spearheaded by FYR founder and producer Jason Wall, the project aims to create music that rallies against songs and videos that objectify and degrade women in the hip-hop music community.
“We started out by creating an original song and music video that will be used to inspire and empower young women,” explained Jason Wall. “At the same time, this will serve to educate Bay Area residents about the growing problem of disesteem towards women in this musical community.”
“When we first came together on this partnership,” commented Mission Girls’ director Susana Rojas, “We expected to get a song out of it and for the girls to be exposed to a new field in a professional way. Mission Girls not only got the song and the exposure but so much more. Through this partnership we were able to build empowerment for our girls by hearing their own voices and without a doubt claiming that they are now rising up.”
Successful musicians who came to Studio Trilogy for the sessions included Morris Pleasure (Michael Jackson, David Foster), Nathan East’s brother Marcel East (Phil Collins, Phillip Bailey), and Thia Megia (Amercian Idol).
The long-range goal of the project is provide ten at-risk young women from the Mission Girls Services organization (MGS) with the tools and platform to draw awareness to the growing problem of women degradation and exploitation in rap and hip-hop music. Each participant will write and record one original song and produce a music video alongside professional songwriters, engineers and filmmakers.
The initial song produced at Studio Trilogy to launch the project was “Rise Up.“ “A couple of weeks after we finished,” recalled Jason Wall, “Susan Rojas, the director, told me that one of the girls was suicidal the week before coming into our program and through it was able to overcome those feelings and now wants to help other girls who feel the same way she felt.”
The proposed project will run March 3 – 27, 2015. Participants will work over a four-week period to write and record one original song at Studio Trilogy and spend two additional weeks creating a professional music video in San Francisco. Participants along with FYR and MGS will work with local merchants to secure physical distribution of free download cards. High profile musicians Dr Fink (Prince & The Revolution) & Marcel East are already confirmed to act as mentors.
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