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'We Are the World' Rapping Part Described

February 5, 2010 (8:26 am) GMT
Nipsey Hussle says the rap verses are 'uplifting lyrics' which describes about the earthquake and how people should stand up together to help the victims.
'We Are the World' Rapping Part Described

A number of Hip-Hop artists have laid their vocal for "We Are the World" remake during the February 2 recording session. And, one of the rappers involved, , recently broke down the rapping part of the song.

" ... as far as the rapping, LL [Cool J] did the original lead vocal for the rap," he told XXLmag. "Everybody rapped the same verse, we stacked our vocals and then after, LL, went it, then , Snoop [Dogg], myself."

"And what it was, after we laid our vocals in the studio, we all got together to record the visual, and that's when everybody had their individual mic and we rapped it at the same time. As far as the recording, everybody did it individually and for the video part of it, everybody had their own mic and it was kind of like a choir type situation."

On what the verses are dealing with, he explained, " ... It was a 12-bar verse. I think LL wrote it and it was just talking about the disaster, similar to how everybody need to come together, it was you know uplifting lyrics. It wasn't nothing corny, it was something that people would be able to relate to but still universal."

Before spilling the bean on the rapping part, Nipsey revealed about the singing part. "Everyone was doing individual tracks on top of the group tracks. Like, would do his, the girl [] from would do hers, Busta [Rhymes] did his and they would just stack it on top of each other like how you do a hook," he said.

"We Are the World" is produced by , RedOne and . The opening line, which was originally sung by Lionel, reportedly is provided by Justin. Meanwhile, the 's part is performed by and the 's verses are re-recorded with 's vocal.

The track is expected to end with a poem read by Michael's kids. Its music video is filmed in 3-D and will be premiered during NBC's coverage of the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics Friday, February 12.

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