Rappers Redman, Treach, join DoItAll for funeral to end violence

Grammy-winning hip hop artists, clergy, politicians and gang leaders unite to bury violence in Newark, New Jersey. Photo: AP Photo

NEWARK, NJ., October 21, 2013 — In an exclusive interview with The Washington Times Communities, Platinum-selling and Grammy-winning hip-hop recording artists Redman of Def Jam Records, Treach of Naughty Nation (previously of Naughty By Nature), and Do-It-All of Lords of the Underground announced their latest project. No, not a studio collaboration for these three natives of Newark New Jersey, but a demonstration against the murders that have been plaguing the city they call home.

The project called “The Funeral to Bury Violence” in Newark is a symbolic funeral procession throughout the city of Newark, New Jersey and a representational burial as well. Do-It-All, also known as actor Dupré Kelly, is now the CEO of 211 Community Impact, a 501 C3 non-profit community group he founded to serve as the community relations arm of his production company 211 Media Group.

This demonstration comes in the wake of Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s winning campaign for the U.S. Senate. Critics in the community blame Senator-elect Booker for leaving the city with a substantial unresolved violent crime and murder problem. Among those critics was Booker’s senate challenger Steve Lonegan who went so far as to call on Booker to suspend his campaign when it was widely reported that violence in Newark had claimed the lives of ten residents over a period of ten days just a few weeks ago.

While the hip-hop artists are not blaming Booker for the killings, the rappers are looking to Booker for support in their effort to bring peace to the streets of the city. “It’s like a war zone out here, I haven’t seen it like this before,” said Treach.Newark, New Jersey, I love you, I rep[resent] you, but the violence is ridiculous! That’s why I’m going to be here – the funeral to bury violence in Newark, New Jersey. We’re going to bury the violence in Newark ‘cause kids are getting shot and kids are the future,” said Redman in an impromptu public service announcement for the event.

“Look, we know that we might not be able to end all violence in Newark, but we need to greatly reduce it immediately” said Do-It-All.

These ‘90s-era hip-hop icons saw the height of their respective careers in what the music industry calls The Golden Age of Hip Hop when rap was about competitive rhyming, the creativity of the music, and just having fun. As the hip hop genre has matured it has become the new rock and roll, according to Do-It-All.

“The way you learn is the way you teach,” said Do-It-All, “and we looked at Afrika Bambaata, and Melle Mel, when we were young and got started in music. So what we’re seeing in Hip-Hop today is youth-driven popular culture taking over promoting sex, drugs and rock and roll and we need to have a conversation about that, which is exactly what this event hopes to do.”

Together Redman, Treach, and Do-It-All’s 211 Community Impact have leveraged all their personal connections to reach out to the city’s officials and religious leaders to convene in the center of the City on Sunday October 27th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. for an actual funeral procession leading to the symbolic burial site at Lincoln Park. Speakers at this funeral-styled community rally will make a public appeal to gang leaders and the community at large to join them at The Funeral to bury violence Newark, New Jersey.

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Rich Valdes is a former official in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s Administration, an award-winning marketing director, and manager who has led staff and projects for various colleges, state policy initiatives, celebrity entertainers, faith based organizations, and non-profit charities. Rich has also produced high-profile public relations events to raise awareness for various brands and charitable causes.

As a frequent  TV, radio, and print media contributor, Rich’s commentary on social issues and popular culture have been featured on Hot 97 FM, CNN Headline News, Telemundo, Univision, HHR and Fox/My9. When not debating, politics, education, and culture, Rich is a single dad, school board member, and Young Benefactor at VH1 Save The Music Foundation.  Rich attended New York University and is pursuing a Master’s degree at Lincoln University while raising his two young daughters and caring for his elderly father just outside of  New York City in Bergen County, New Jersey. 

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Rich Valdes

Rich Valdes is a former official in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's Administration, an award-winning marketing director, and manager who has led staff and projects for various colleges, state policy initiatives, celebrity entertainers, faith based organizations, and non-profit charities. Rich has run small businesses, created strategic messaging campaigns to increase college student enrollment revenue, and produced high-profile public relations events to raise awareness for various brands.

As a frequent  TV, radio, and print media contributor, Rich's commentary on social issues and popular culture have been featured on Hot 97 FM, CNN Headline News, Telemundo, Univision, HHR and Fox/My9. When not  debating, politics, education, and culture, Rich is a single dad, school board member, and Young Benefactor at VH1 Save The Music Foundation.  Rich attended New York University and is pursuing a Master’s degree at Lincoln University while raising his two young daughters and caring for his elderly father in the New York City suburb of Bergen County, New Jersey. 

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