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Help Open Mike Eagle and Ras G teach hip-hop to Ugandan youth

There are few rappers I’d rather have represent hip-hop on a global level than Open Mike Eagle, whose thoughtful, self-aware style has become a mainstay in my rotation since hearing his 2010 full-length debut. The art-rap diplomat and his fellow Los Angelean Ras G, of Brainfeeder fame, have a chance to travel to Uganda to teach a youth program about hip-hop and record a project with Ugandan rap artists. But they need some assistance.

From Mike Eagle himself:

“The project was conceived and developed by LA hip-hop non-profit organization J.U.I.C.E. and has been partially funded by a grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

“The grant, however, calls for matching funds. This means that they fund half of the overall budget for the project with the responsibility of the other half being on us.

“We began with a fundraising goal of $7,000. At the moment we’ve generated $1,200. We still have quite a bit of ground to cover.

“We need any help that you could provide. 1 dollar, 5 dollars, 1,000 dollars. Each and every bit of assistance we get will help this once in a lifetime opportunity come to pass.”

That was written in early February, and the guys have since raised a little more than $2,700. So there’s still a bit of a gap to close by April 30. You can donate via StayClassy, and as a little extra incentive, Mike Eagle and Ras G are offering up a track called “Warhorn” as a prelude to what Mike Eagle says could be “a project that could be a landmark in both of our careers.”

Meanwhile, Ugandan artist Mon MC, who will be working with OME and Ras G, makes his case for why you should donate (hint: it’s about the kids):