Councilman Mosby calls on Baltimore-born rappers to inspire city students

City Councilman Nick J. Mosby visited several high schools Friday to connect teens with a group of people he knew would get their attention: Baltimore-bred rappers.

The councilman — whose West Baltimore district was the center of the unrest that followed the death of Freddie Gray — enlisted Young Moose, Lor Scoota, Chino and others to talk to the students about their dreams and journeys, and provide their advice.

Mosby briefed the hip-hop artists before they took the stage at Carver Vocational-Technical High School.

“You should see yourselves in them and they should see themselves in you, through the positive things you’re doing,” he told them.

About 200 juniors at the school erupted into cheers and applause as the guests were introduced one by one. During a 30-minute panel discussion, the artists talked about challenges they faced growing up — such as the murder of a grandmother and the loss of friends — and the way their high school classes helped them in the real world.

“Sometimes you got to go through stuff before you get where you’re going,” Young Moose, whose birth name is Kevron Evans, told the students. “Keep grinding.”

The young artists didn’t directly mention last month’s riots or Gray, the 25-year-old West Baltimore man who died after suffering a severe spinal cord injury and a crushed voice box while in police custody. Instead, they focused on their advice for the teens: Stay in school and keep dreaming about the future.

Sixteen-year-old Amara Boone, vice president of the Carver student government and one of the school’s cheerleading captains, said hearing the rappers speak candidly allowed her to see “a side of them that we don’t usually see.”

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