Rap artist and Nacoa supporter, Gimson, has released his track inspired by Upfest and performed by its young attendees, ‘Kids Rap #Upfest2017.’ The song was arranged by Gimson and performed by the best aspiring artists who partook in Gimson’s rap tutorials, held in aid of Nacoa at Europe’s largest urban art festival. Watch the video made for his song below.
Gimson has been an ambassador for Nacoa since the release of his single ‘Oh Daddy’, a song that foregrounds the cyclical struggles of a young person growing up with a parent who drinks too much.
Since then he has become a long-term supporter. After reading Nacoa’s research which shows that 1 in 5 children in the UK are affected by their parents drinking, Gimson said that he ‘knew it was a lot but did not realise it was as high as this.’ He pledged all profits from ‘Oh Daddy’ to Nacoa, and since has helped generate awareness and funds through his music.
Gimson wrote about the new song on his Facebook page, ‘Did some kids rap classes raising money for Nacoa at Upfest – The Urban Paint Festival a few weeks back. This is what the kids came up with. With the recent death of Prodigy I thought Shook Ones Part II by Mobb Deep was a fitting instrumental to use. #Upfest2017‘
The video is put together using footage from Sean Caveille, whose 2011 film on Nacoa and Upfest can be seen by clicking here.