Vince Staples is a thoughtful and creative young guy who wants to give others the opportunity to succeed. He's already done so by backing a YMCA program in Long Beach, and now he's back to help some more by teaming up with Levi's to create a music technology education program in his hometown.
To kick off the year-round program, Staples brought in Dion "No I.D." Wilson to help put on a songwriting workshop (at that same YMCA) that helped kids learn how to compose and produce songs in digital audio workstations like Logic Pro.
Levi's shared a video containing highlights from the workshop, and it contains a few choice Staples quotes. He said, "The hardest thing to make is a simple song. To keep something simple and still evoke emotion from somebody is the most difficult thing you can do." Tongue-in-cheek, he added, "Everybody knows the words to 'Happy Birthday,' that's why that shit is the hardest song of all time."
Staples also encouraged the kids by reminding them that almost every big performer came from humble beginnings: "Anybody you care about, there was that time when they played a show with five people in it. Sometimes you're going to fail. A lot, you're going to fail. You're going to fail more than anything else, and then sometimes, it's going to work."
Watch the video below.