Sha Money XL shares his background and experiences with kids at an SAE session. (Photo: Samson Styles)
According to a Columbia University study, inner-city youth face more social challenges than others and are in greater need of resources to increase their ability to succeed. Sha Money XL, the senior vice president of A&R at Island Def Jam Music Group and former president of G-Unit Records, is answering the call for public service and taking it upon himself to provide some of the much-needed resources necessary to turn young people's lives around and make a difference. (Video)
Hoping to inspire underserved kids that have an interest in music, Sha Money is a mentor to kids between ages 11-15 at the School of Audio Engineering Institute in New York. He’s also hoping that he can encourage these kids to beat the odds by sharing the vital wisdom he’s learned through his experience in the music industry as well as the streets.
BET News sat down with Sha Money to discuss the importance of giving back. “I just came back from Delaware and got a proclamation from the mayor, because I went and talked to the troubled teens, speaking about broken homes, violence, teenage pregnancies, and I saw the impact with them. There were some kids in there that felt like the streets was the way and I was telling them, 'Listen, I came from that. That’s not the way!.'"
After Sha Money shared some of his experiences with the kids at SAE, they all went to a recording studio where the youth showed off their musical talents. There was no doubt that his personal critiques of the kids’ music left a lasting impression. In fact, he may have even helped a few of them turn their lives around.