News: Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Drake & More Added To "We Are The World" Remake
Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010 4:40PM
Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Drake and more have been added to the "We Are the World" 2010 remake which will benefit the victims of last month's earthquake in Haiti.
The Young Money leader confirmed his participation on the benefit track last night (February 1).
"I've never been involved in anything like this," Lil Wayne said after he recorded his solo for the remake of "We Are the World" on Monday night at the Henson Recording Studios as part of an all-star benefit for Haitian relief. "My attitude coming out is I feel blessed and I feel like I've done something today, and that's always a good day." (MTV)
A listing of scheduled artists to record on the track has also been revealed.
With a large roster of rappers in the house for the session -- including Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, LL Cool J, Swizz Beatz, T-Pain, Wyclef Jean, Will.I.Am, Busta Rhymes, Kid Cudi, Drake, Nipsey Hussle, Bizzy Bone, Mann and others -- Wayne said he was glad hip-hop could play such a large part in the sessions, which took place 25 years almost to the day since the first recording. "I was like, 'What am I doing here?' " Wayne joked, revealing that he got to sing the part recorded by folk icon Bob Dylan on the original. (MTV)
Yesterday reports showed Eminem and Jay-Z becoming involved on the tribute.
Lady Gaga, Eminem, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Barbra Streisand are just a handful of the 100-plus stars scheduled to take part in a re-recording of "We Are the World" to benefit Haiti, producer RedOne told Rolling Stone yesterday at the Grammys. Other artists contributing to the new "We Are the World" -- a remake of the 1985 USA for Africa charity single that was co-written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie -- include Celine Dion, Fergie, Wyclef, Enrique Iglesias and more musicians who attended yesterday's 52nd Annual GrammyAwards. (Rolling Stone)
Producer RedOne said he recently received an unexpected request to put the track together.
"I'm so delighted and so happy to get a dream call from Quincy Jones and Randy Phillips and Lionel Richie," RedOne told RS. "I know that Lionel Richie has been asked like 150-something times to redo 'We Are the World' and he said no to everything until this Haiti thing happened. The moment he saw that it happened he was like, OK, 'We Are the World.' And to be one of the people they called to have fresh input to the song, to help produce the song -- I have no words." (Rolling Stone)
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