One of many voluminous things about the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is the beloved Nation of Islam leader’s secured relationship with Hip-Hop culture. Such nigh bond is put on display in the debut of Farrakhan’s long-awaited musical compilation project titled Let’s Change The World.
The project attributes a spectrum of eight musical genres including classical, gospel, jazz, folk, opera, reggae, calypso, and rap. Let’s Change The World is bejeweled with features from Grammy Award-winning legends in the likes of Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Stephanie Mills, Deniece Williams alongside Hip-Hop luminaries Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, and Common and several more music icons including the late Teena Marie and Damian Marley.
The highly anticipated project is a righteous deed of Farrakhan which took 14 years of grand devotion to create. Recording took place all over North America, hitting 16 studios including the one located at the Nation of Islam’s headquarters in Chicago, Mosque Maryam.
Let’s Change The World was released earlier this year on Feb. 23, the dawn of the Nation of Islam’s Saviours’ Day weekend and welcomed by a ravishing music reception in Chicago. Farrakhan dropped insight about the moment he made the project a determined idea during the ceremony, giving hefty kudos to the late renowned musician, Charles Veal.
“This has been 14 years in the making and it started in 2002 with a brother, he may be on the wall somewhere, Charles Veal … he helped me in my playing of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the symphony in Los Angeles. And he said, ‘Minister would you be willing to do an album?’ and I said ‘yes’ so we started,” recalled Farrakhan via NOI.org.
Let’s Change The World, is the Nation of Islam’s leader grand return to the creative calls of the life element of music. Before joining the Nation of Islam in 1955, Farrakhan was in the midst of a budding professional music career as a calypso singer known as “The Charmer” and owned a hit which reigned the Billboard charts for the following five consecutive years. Before touching the adept music scene of the ’50s, as young as 13 years old, the beloved young virtuoso was a skilled violinist and went on to participate and win national competitions and also played in college orchestras and collective symphonies.
Overall, on the Hip-Hop tip, Farrakhan has expressed his sentiments with Hip-Hop rappers and the power of their positions. In a 2015 interview with the Breakfast Club, he elaborated on why and how he sees rappers as being the leaders of the future:
I was with Brother Snoop, and I was telling my brother how you rappers are the new leaders. You’re the real leaders of the people. The rapper doesn’t think he’s a leader, but he’s got followers all over the world. The biggest preachers don’t have as many followers as one rapper. How can we get you to rap where intelligence is coming through the lyrics with a beat that begins to open the minds of people. Our people want better and they’ll do better if they are shown better.
The project is currently available in the form of a box set, which is a limited edition collector’s item retailing at $250. The elegantly packaged set features over 40 songs, 7 CD’s, and an approximately 100 paged book showcasing exclusive content including interviews and photographs. Farrakhan has surely introduced a supreme segment of sounds the masses will spend careful time dissecting.
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