Hip-hop duo Black Star and an all-star roster of other rappers and
performers, recording under the name Hip-Hop for Respect, will
release the four-song protest EP One Four Love on March 14, according
to a Rawkus Records spokesperson. The EP protests the shooting death of
Amadou Diallo, an unarmed black immigrant killed by police in the Bronx
(N.Y.), last year. Among the artists appearing on the album are Kool
G Rap, Rah Digga, Sporty Thievz, Common,
Pharoahe Monch and Wu-Tang Clan associate Cappadonna.
Organized Noize produced "One Four Love Part 1 Reversing
the Hate" and "One Four Love Part II Flipping the Script." The
other two songs, "A Tree Never Grown" and "Protective Custody," were
produced by 88 Keys and Khalyil, respectively. Black Star
plan to hold a New York benefit concert in March to raise money for various
charities, including the Amadou Diallo Foundation, an organization that
provides assistance to African immigrants.