Flowy hip-hops to the anti-bully cause

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian McKee

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.

Pic­ture: DAMIAN SHAW

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.

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