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Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign Releases a Hip-Hop Album
Matisyahu, Jordin Sparks, Travis Barker, and more are featured on “Songs for a Healthier America.” By Sophie Gilbert
Comments () | Published August 13, 2013


In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of healthy living, Michelle Obama and her Let’s Move campaign against childhood obesity are forging an alliance with hip-hop stars to release an album. Songs for a Healthier America, featuring artists from Matisyahu to Ashanti to noted rapper Dr. Oz, will be released to schools in the New York City area at the end of September before being rolled out to other cities at a later date.

The album is a collaboration with Partnership for a Healthier America and Hip Hop Public Health, a New York initiative that uses music to connect with kids on the subject of health. While it’s easy to raise an eyebrow at the idea of hip-hop stars promoting healthy lifestyles, White House assistant chef Sam Kass told MTV News that the album attempts to reach out to kids “in a way that’s not preachy.”

The record’s track list is below, and you can see the video for the first single, featuring Doug E. Fresh, Jordin Sparks, and FLOTUS herself at the top of the post.

1. “U R What You Eat” (Salad Bar: Matisyahu, Ariana Grande, Travis Barker)

2. “Everybody” (Jordin Sparks, Doug E. Fresh, Dr. Oz, Ryan Beatty, Hip Hop MD)

3. “Let’s Move” (Doug E. Fresh, Artie Green, Chauncey Hawkins)

4. “Just Believe” (Ashanti, Gerry Gunn, Artie Green, Robbie Nova)

5. “Veggie Luv” (Monifah and J Rome)

6. “Hip Hop FEET” (DMC and Artie Green)

7. “Stronger” (Shayna Steele, Jeremy Jordan, Our Time Theater kids, and E-Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren)

8. “Give Myself A Try” (Ryan Beatty)

9. ”Jump Up” (Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could)

10. “Hip Hop LEAN” (Artie Green)

11. “Pass the Rock” (Iman Schumpert and Artie Green)

12. “Good Living” (Ashton Jones)

13. “Beautiful” (Daisy Grant and Artie Green)

14. “Change The Game” (The Happiness Club, featuring Naledge)

15. “Wanna Jump (Let’s Move)” (Paul Burch)

16. “Mother May I” (Amelia Robinson)

17. “We Like Vegetables” (Los Barkers!)

18. “Get Up Sit Up” (Babi Floyd)

19. “One Step Forward” (Samite)

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