Flowy hip-hops to the anti-bully cause
Mt Druitt hip-hop group Rap 4 Change has enlisted the help of a bouncing mascot to help get its anti-bullying message across.
MT DRUITT hip-hop group Rap 4 Change have enlisted the help of a bouncing mascot to help get their antibullying message across.
Flowy the Joey is a sixfoot, gold chain-clad rapping kangaroo who is quickly becoming the most popular member of the group.
Band manager Ned Narouz said everyone was loving their newest member.
“I think Flows is the standout of our group – the kids absolutely love him and dance and sing with him,” Narouz said.
“We want to be what The Wiggles are to toddlers, but for teenagers.”
Narouz said the name for the mascot was influenced by the group’s style of music.
“Flowing is how you sing with rapping, so that’s how it came about,” he said.
“Flowy the Joey will stick with the kids as it rhymes and it’s catchy, plus it goes with the concept of what we are doing.”
Rap 4 Change is the brainchild of Narouz, and the group aims to mentor youth by delivering anti-bullying and anti-drug messages through rap.
“This program is going to help change many lives in western Sydney. We plan to take it statewide and then across the country – our end goal is to go international,” Narouz said.
“Everyone is posting up these brawls and it’s about likes on Facebook. People’s lives are at risk for likes, so we want to snap these kids out of it.”
Rap 4 Change brought its act to the Mt Druitt Learning Ground this week, and will continue to do so over the coming months.
“We are going to run a kids’ rhythm and tunes workshop on June 3. This will run every Friday night – this is to get youth off the streets and teach them life skills they need to tackle issues,” Narouz said.
“We want to bring hip-hop back to its roots and get kids away from drugs and alcohol and teach them how to turn their lives around.
“The Learning Ground is one of the only ones who has put their hand up to support and guide us. They have been such a big help.
“What they do there is amazing, so it is great we can work together on this project.”
Rap 4 Change will also perform at the Mt Druitt Learning Ground throughout the winter school holidays.
The group relies solely on donations and sponsorship. Visit Rap 4 Change on Facebook or call Narouz on 0430 006 943 to get involved.
Rap 4 Change members MC Oscar, DJ Phil, creative director Patrick, MC Robyn and managing director Ned with Flowy the MC Joey.
Rap 4 Change's Patrick with Flowy the MC Joey.