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League of Young Voters Drops Vote for the Hood Mixtape, Vol. 1 on Election Day

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Original Compilation featuring The YOUNG and Restless, Dee-1, FowL and more

MILWAUKEE, February 19, 2013 – As the primary election arrives in Wisconsin, and community activists across the country search for ways to engage voters in critical but low-profile electoral contests, a new generation of young artists is taking to the streets, mixtapes in hand, to inspire political participation through the power of music. The League of Young Voters, a team of artists and activists who talked to more than 800,000 young voters before the 2012 presidential election, released their Vote for the Hood: Vol. 1 mixtape today, featuring national talent and local underground artists engaging their peers through the language of hip-hop.

“This isn’t just another mixtape” Shamir Maloney, a Cincinnati artist featured on today’s release, said. “It’s a lyrical movement by the future role models and leaders of America’s black community.”

Produced by Dre Knight, one of Frank Ocean’s collaborators, as well as Milwaukee up-and-comer Rell BeatZ, Vote For the Hood: Vol. 1 features nine tracks of infectious beats and powerful stories made by and for the dreamers of the Millennial generation.

“Dropping mixtapes is nothing new for the League; this is our third mixtape,” Rob “Biko” Baker, executive director of the League of Young Voters said. “Not only did we use our own pool of talent straight from the League’s leaders, but we also linked up with the rising star from New Orleans, Dee-1 and the 2011 Red Bull EmSee Champion from Detroit, FowL, to be featured on the mixtape.”

As a former journalist for The Source magazine, Biko reached out to his rolodex of singers, spoken word artists and rappers to donate their talent to foster change in urban communities across the country.

“Biko always had a great ear for what’s next,” Jycorri Robinson, former digital marketing director at Island Def Jam said. “I am excited that he decided to give some up-and-coming artists a chance to shine.”

The original content was produced at the Milwaukee League of Young Voters office, which boasts a state-of-the-art production studio. Following the 2012 election, the League’s artists went back into the studios to create new material to keep the momentum up before spring elections. Milwaukee producer Rell BeatZ, who has worked with artists such as Young Dro, Aliesa Nicole, CyHi Da Prynce and Ray Nitti, was one of many to jump on board this winter.

“Biko and the League have assembled a surprisingly good collection of talented new artists,” Ryan Ford, Vice President at Cashmere Agency said. “I look forward to listening to Vote for the Hood Vol 2.”

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