For years, we’ve seen music education in constant danger of funding cuts. That’s why we created the Levi’s® Music Project. Collaborating with the best musical artists, we bring resources to community-based music programs around the world.
Recently, we partnered with Snoop Dogg, a long-time friend of Levi’s®, to launch a project at the YMCA’s Youth Institute in his hometown of Long Beach, California. We restored their music studio, brought in more equipment, invited the elite Grammy-winning musicians and producers behind 1500 Sound Academy and had none-other than Snoop Dogg himself teach a hands-on masterclass in musical production and business.
The brand also sat down with Snoop for a quick Q&A:
Why did you want to help the YMCA’s Youth Institute?
It’s great that we can lend our professionalism to inspire and hopefully help these youths get to where they need to get in this field. The more information you have, the better you’ll be on and off the field, meaning in life in general.
Why did you want to partner with Levi’s® to make it happen?
First of all, I’ve been rocking Levi’s® before I met Levi’s®. As in, Levi’s® has been a part of my family before I even knew they were my family. And then once we forged a relationship and became family, it only made sense for me to do things like this. And the Levi’s® Music Project already had this partnership with the Youth Institute that’d been established with Vince Staples before. I was just tapping back into it.
Why is it important to you to come back to your hometown of Long Beach and give back to the local community?
We didn’t have a center like the Youth Institute when I was learning to make music. We just had imagination. I’ve always wanted to do something in Long Beach to help the kids that are cut from that same cloth as me. There’s a room full of greatness right there. Long Beach breeds greatness. That’s just what it is.
Check out the full Q&A at levi.com.