FORMER bad lad turned hip hop artist David Baker hopes to give something back to the community with the release of a new video.
David, whose rap name is Baby B, is working with Shameem Karim School of Performing Arts to include children in the new recording and video of his single Become One of Us.
“I want to give something back to the community. There’s nothing happening in Sunderland at the moment,” said the former New Monkey MC.
“If I was a kid I wouldn’t know how to make music.
“I’ve got a bit of a talent and I want to use that to help them.”
David said he wants to show the children how music is made and take up some charity work after not receiving any help himself with his music.
“I’ve had to bring everything to the plate myself, and so I would like to help progress young kids’ talents,” he said.
The children, from Grindon-based Shameem Karim School sing the chorus to Become One of Us, and will also dance in the video, featuring in army-style uniform, hoodies and caps.
David, who is from Seaham and has also lived in Pennywell, said: “The track says ‘become one of us, become one to trust’. Everyone can trust kids so it’s good to use them saying the words’.”
David spent time in Lincolnshire’s Holme House prison and said his time inside made him think.
He said music was an escape from things and that’s where he started writing rhymes.
Since coming out of prison the 24-year-old has released a number of tracks, and is hoping to hit the big time with the re-release of his singles.
David’s tracks are available online now via SoundCloud.