Michelle Obama to Release Hip Hop Album for Let's Move Campaign

Songs for a Healthier America will include 10 music videos and 19 tracks from artists like Ashanti, Run DMC and Doug E. Fresh.

Posted: 08/08/2013 10:28 AM EDT

Michelle Obama is turning to rap to get kids on a healthier path. She is teaming up with the Partnership for a Healthier America and Hip Hop Public Health to release a hip hop album that will have 10 music videos and 19 tracks featuring artists like Ashanti, Run DMC, Jordin Sparks and Doug E. Fresh. The album, titled Songs for a Healthier America, will drop September 30 and will encourage the young to move while dispersing messages of healthy habit through song.

"Cultural leaders and visionaries in our country can give these messages to kids in a way that's not preachy. Kids are going to be dancing and listening to the music," Let's Move! executive director and White House assistant chef Sam Kass explained. "I think hip hop in particular so many kids love hip hop. It's such a core part of our culture ... and particularly in the African-American community and the Latino community, which are being disproportionately affected by those health issues."

The album's first single, "Everybody," was released in June and features appearances from Dr. Mehmet Oz and the first lady herself. Other songs include "Veggie Luv," "Hip Hop LEAN" and "Get Up, Sit Up." Videos for the album will first be distributed to 40 schools in New York City before spreading to other cities across the U.S.

Obama isn't a stranger to incorporating music into her health campaign. In 2011, she taught children how to dougie, danced to Pitbull's "Echa P'alla" and had Beyoncé remix "Get Me Bodied" into "Move Your Body" for a promo video.

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