Michelle Obama Behind Hip Hop Album

By Karen Bliss 8/14/13 | www.samaritanmag.com

Screenshot of First Lady Michelle Obama in the video for
Michelle Obama isn’t rapping or singing, but the First Lady does appear and talk in the video for “Everybody,” featuring Jordin Sparks, Doug E Fresh, Dr. Oz, Ryan Beatty, Artie Green and The Hip Hop Doc.

The song, available for free download, is from an album called Songs For A Healthier America, produced by Hip Hop Public Health and the Partnership for a Healthier America.  Titles include “We Like Vegetables,” “Veggie Luv,” “Hip Hop L.E.A.N. (Learning Exercise and Nutrition in Schools)” and “U R What You Eat.” 

“We hope these songs get your whole family moving to the beat!” it says on the web site. Michelle Obama will appear in 10 videos that will be distributed to schools. 

In additon to Sparks and Fresh, the 19-track album — for which teaser versions can be heard and eventual full downloaded versions will be posted — includes contributions from Ashanti, Matisyahu, blink-182’s Travis Barker, DMC (of Run DMC), Nils Lofgren (of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band), Monifah, Ariana Grande, Ryan Beatty, and many others (see full list below).

On “Everything,” it begins with Doug E. Fresh introducing himself and saying, “How many of you all feel healthy? How many of you all feel positive out there? Well right now, what we wanna do is we want to get everybody together all over the world, as we get this thing started something like this...”




According to the site, "The Songs for a Healthier America album, brought to you by the Partnership for a Healthier America and Hip Hop Public Health, is the result of an innovative collaboration between musicians, physicians, public health researchers, entertainment industry professionals, health advocates and school-aged children. The album and its accompanying curriculum toolkit are designed to inspire and educate children to eat healthy and exercise regularly as part of our collective fight against childhood obesity."

Let’s Move! was launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, with a goal to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. The initative focuses on five pillars: creating a healthy start for children; empowering parents and caregivers; providing healthy food in schools; improving access to healthy, affordable foods; and increasing physical activity.

The tracklisting for Songs For A Healthier America is:

“Everybody,” feat. Jordin Sparks, Doug E Fresh, Ryan Beatty, Artie Green, Dr Oz and the Hip-Hop Doc

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

“Let’s Move,” feat. Doug E Fresh, Artie Green, Chauncey Hawkins, Easy AD

“Just Believe,” feat. Ashanti, Gerry Gunn, Artie Green, Robbie Nova, Chauncey Hawkins

“Veggie Luv,” feat. Monifah and J Rome

“Hip-Hop F.E.E.T. (Finding Exercise Energy Thresholds),” feat. DMC, Artie Green, and Chauncey Hawkins

“Stronger,” feat. Shayna Steele, Jeremy Jordan, Our Time, Nils Lofgren

“Give Myself A Try,” feat. Ryan Beatty

“Jump Up (It’s a Good Day) Let’s Move Version,” feat. Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

“Hip Hop L.E.A.N (Learning Exercise and Nutritian in Schools),” feat. Artie Green

“Pass the Rock,” feat. Iman Schumpert and Artie Green

“Good Living,” feat. Ashton Jones

“Beautiful,” (feat. Daisy Grant and Artie Green

“Change the Game,” feat. The Happiness Club and Naledge

“Wanna Jump (Let’s Move),” feat. Paul Burch and WPA Ballclub

“Mother May I?” feat. Amelia Robinson

“We Like Vegetables,” feat. Los Barkers!

“Get Up Sit Up,” feat. Ian James and Ricky Baitz

“One Step Forward,” feat. Samite

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