Vince Staples Launches Music Technology Program For Long Beach Youth

The rapper gives back to his hometown.

Photographer Daniel Shea
September 11, 2016

Long Beach rapper Vince Staples is giving back to his hometown by launching a Music Technology program at the Long Beach YMCA on 7th and Linden. In a partnership with Levi's, Vince Staples kicked off the year-round program by hosting a songwriting workshop to the local kids.


Joined by Dion "No I.D." Wilson, Staples emphasized the importance of a holistic music education to boost confidence in aspiring students. "Kids are feeling like if they aren't a superstar, they aren't worth anything," Staples explains. "Being the engineer, working music through a legal department or a financing aspect... I think the Levi's Music program can teach kids about the other aspects of music." Watch below.

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