Lil Wayne, Kanye and Drake Bring Hip-Hop Presence to 'We Are the World' Remake
According to early reports, rappers Lil Wayne, Kanye West, LL Cool J and Snoop Dogg have been picked to contribute to the remake of the 1985 world peace anthem, 'We Are the World.' On Monday, more than eighty of today's biggest star's gathered at the Jim Henson Studio and Soundstage in Hollywood, the site of the original 'We Are the World' recording.
The remake, 'We Are the World - 25 for Haiti' brings a new rap presence to the original track, which was largely made up of classic rock stars like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon. Smokey Robinson, part of the song's first supergroup, revealed that none of the track's original performers will sing on the new version. Drake, Busta Rhymes, Nipsey Hussle, T-Pain, Bizzy Bone, Kid Cudi, and Swizz Beatz round out the rappers, announced thus far, in the song's 21st century choir.
Originally penned by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, the remake marks the 25th anniversary of the taping to benefit hunger in Africa. According to Richie, Janet Jackson will be singing Michael Jackson's part from the original version, which she is recording today, and more artists are expected to join the diverse mix. The end result will premier during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies on Feb. 12, with all proceeds going towards Haitian earthquake relief efforts.
Young pop stars mark another interesting addition to the track. Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber are sharing the stage alongside pop legends Barbra Streisand, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and Carlos Santana. While country acts like