*Two-time GRAMMY®-winning artist Lalah Hathaway has released the video for her new single “Little Ghetto Boy.” The song is Hathaway’s moving interpretation of her father’s, soul music icon Donny Hathaway,seminal ode, which was first recorded in 1972 for his classic LIVE album.
“Little Ghetto Boy,” which has been covered by the likes of John Legend, The Roots, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg, among other artists, is beloved by music lovers around the world. The song paints a raw and honest picture of the many ills facing the forgotten and disenfranchised, but it also speaks of hope and resilience in the face of struggle, inspiring one to reach beyond their cruel circumstances.
When talking about “Little Ghetto Boy” Lalah says, “What is amazing is ‘Little Ghetto Boy’ is as poignant now as the day it was written.
The truth of the song rings the same today as it did forty years ago. The fact that I can deliver this truth with the same conviction my father felt all those years ago is extraordinary. The sentiment captured in this visual will never not be real and never not be now. It’s real, fresh, and it’s powerful. It’s reality.”
In addition to the new video, Lalah has created a digital “Little Ghetto Boy” campaign calling on people to share art (music, poetry, sculpture, paintings, photos, etc.) inspired by the song, using the hashtags #LittleGhettoBoy and #LittleGhettoBoyArt across social media. The diverse collection of artwork can be seen on her “Little Ghetto Boy” Tumblr page (http://littleghettoboyart.
“Little Ghetto Boy” and “Angel,” originally recorded by Anita Baker, are the first singles from Lalah’s seventh album, Lalah Hathaway LIVE, recorded at the legendary Troubadour Theater in Los Angeles (the site of Donny Hathaway Live).
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Aliya T. Crawford