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Christian hip-hop music website Rapzilla.com is joining together with the New York Urban City Project and rap artists to put a stop to human trafficking in New York City with King Kulture: Stop the Traffic.
Other organizations involved are Syntax Distribution and InterVarsity, and together they are releasing the compilation album "King Kulture: Stop The Traffic" on Aug. 27. All proceeds will be donated to New York City Urban Project, a non-profit organization.
"Child Trafficking is the recruitment, smuggling, transporting, harboring, buying or selling of a child through force, threats, fraud, deception, or coercion for the purposes of exploitation, prostitution, pornography, migrant work, sweatshops, domestic servitude, forced labor, bondage, peonage or involuntary servitude. Child trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. UNICEF values the global market of child trafficking at over $12 billion a year with over 2 million child victims. Men, women and children are all victims but, the most vulnerable groups, those with limited rights or protections, have been the hardest hit … especially children," said Rapzilla in a press release.
"1.6 million kids run away a year. 50 percent of them get exploited and many of them die," said Joe Mazzilli, Executive Director of A&E's Runaway Squad.
All the artists feature on the album have a passion to raise awareness and are ardently working to fight human trafficking.
Perhaps the biggest artist on the compilation is MC Jin, a New Yorker most known for winning BET's "Freestyle Friday" seven straight times, a record that landed him in the show's Hall of Fame.
Jin was then signed to Ruff Ryders alongside DMX and Eve. After failing to break out as a big star in rap, music her moved to Hong Kong where he became well known as a model, actor, and artist. He is now back in the states, and looking to make an impact.
The title track is by Andy Mineo who himself is from Washington Heights, NYC. His latest album, Heroes For Sale, sold 30,000 records in its first week. He is on the Lecrae-founded Reach Records.
Other well known artists on the album are: producers such as Flame, Sho Baraka, Wit, Canton Jones, and Propaganda.
King Kulture: Stop The Traffic can be pre-ordered on iTunes. Physical copies and deluxe packages are available on Rapzilla's Official Store.