San Francisco, CA (September 23, 2014)—Nonprofit label Future Youth Records and the Mission Girls Services program recently completed their first collaboration at San Francisco's Studio Trilogy.
Spearheaded by FYR founder and producer Jason Wall, the Mission Girls Remonstrance 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 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."
"We expected to get a song out of it and for the girls to be exposed to a new field in a professional way," commented Susana Rojas, Mission Girls' director. “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 their hearing their own voices and without a doubt claiming that they are now rising up."
The long-range goal of the project is provide 10 at-risk young women from the Mission Girls Services organization with the tools and platform to draw awareness to the growing problem of women’s 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."