More producers have hopped aboard Bono’s “What’s Going On” benefit project, and they’ve brought artists from their respective musical worlds along with them.
A Neptunes-produced hip-hop mix and a Brian Eno-produced British rock mix will be among the nine versions available when the Marvin Gaye remake is released October 30.
The Neptunes recruited LL Cool J, Fabolous, Da Brat, Mobb Deep, Noreaga, Royce Da 5’9″, Queen Latifah, Sonja Blade and Angie Martinez for their “This One’s for You Mix.”
Bono, his U2 bandmate the Edge, and Coldplay singer Chris Martin are featured on the “London Version” by venerable producer/performer Eno, whose past clients include U2 and David Bowie.
Other mixes include the “Pop Rox Mix” by Mike Mangini (Extreme, Baha Men), along with previously announced dance remixes by Moby and Junior Vasquez, a rock mix produced by Fred Durst, an R&B mix by Jermaine Dupri, and a pop mix by Mick G (Christina Aguilera, ’NSYNC) (see “Durst, Aguilera, Stefani Hope To Open People’s Eyes With ’What’s Going On’ Videos” ).
The original all-star remake, produced by Dupri, includes Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys, Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child, Eve, Nelly Furtado, Nona Gaye, Savage Garden’s Darren Hayes, Ja Rule, Alicia Keys, Staind’s Aaron Lewis, Jennifer Lopez, Nas, Nelly, ’NSYNC, P. Diddy, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani and Michael Stipe (see “Fred Durst, P. Diddy, Aaron Lewis, More Join In On Gaye Remake” ).
The Roots’ ?uestlove and Wyclef Jean play drums and guitar, respectively, on Dupri’s original and R&B versions.
Proceeds from the single will be divided between the original cause of the Global AIDS Alliance and the United Way’s September 11th Fund.
Leigh Blake, founder of Artists Against AIDS Worldwide, organized the “What’s Going On” project with Bono.
AAAW is dedicated to raising funds and awareness to stop the spread of AIDS, especially in Africa, Blake said recently. The organization’s goals include making anti-AIDS drugs cheaper and more available to the poor in Africa, giving debt relief to the poorest affected countries, and encouraging rich nations to donate to the international fight against AIDS.
Specifically, the organization has asked President Bush and the U.S. Congress to implement a $1 billion emergency supplemental appropriation to the Global AIDS Alliance on or before World AIDS Day, December 1.
The Global AIDS Alliance is asking music fans to call or write the president or their congressional representatives to encourage them to implement the bill. More information is available at www.globalaidsalliance.com. AAAW’s official Web site, www.aaaw.org, launches Tuesday and will also have information about the fight against AIDS.
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For more information on the all-star remake, see MTV.com’s “What’s Going On? Benefit” page.