Smylez is one of the most sought after underground producers in Chicago. Smylez hails from Bricksquad 069, an area in the Englewood neighborhood in South Side Chicago.
The Englewood area is one of the most impoverished and crime-ridden neighborhoods in the country. A lot of its residents reside in dilapidated communities.
Many artists and producers enter the music scene with hopes of striking it rich to obtain materialistic items and women. Smylez, on the other hand, hopes to use his music as a platform to give back to his community.
Smylez expounded on his goals and aspirations in a thought-provoking IG post captioned, “What I really wanna accomplish.”
“I make music because I like it. I don’t do it because I want money, foreign cars and thots,” Smylez said. “…What I really want is to fix up the community I grew up in, invest in better learning and education strategies and s--- for these little n----- and little girls out here on these streets who were like me and never had s---.”
Students in the city’s public school system are subjected to attending sub-standard academic institutions.
Smylez wrote he wanted to invest in Paul Robeson High School. Robeson has many challenges in its student retention and graduation rates.
Smylez wants to establish a music program for the students.
“I just want to use my money to help n----- because it’ getting ugly,” he continued. “…Before I leave this earth, I’ma make sure I leave these little n----- with something that’ll help build they future and get the f--- off the streets.”
“I done see too many n----- die and go to jail…this s--- is not the life yall want!”
Smylez words echoes a powerful speech given by Civil Rights icon Malcolm X on April 3, 1964 at Cory Methodist Church in Cleveland, OH. One of the key points in Malcolm’s “The Ballot or the Bullet” discusses the revamp of the black community through proper educational tools.
Smylez is prepping the release of his mixtape “Still Cheezin.” No word on the project’s release date, but it is slated to drop soon.
Smylez Pens Open Letter On Giving Back To Englewood, Chicago
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