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Shumpert supports first lady ... with a rap

8/14/2013
New York Knick Iman Shumpert will be featured on first lady Michelle Obama's new hip-hop album. AP Photo

Iman Shumpert might not have the same fame as fellow Chicagoan Dwyane Wade, but, like the Miami Heat All-Star, the young New York Knick has teamed with the first family.

While Wade is involved with President Barack Obama's Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative, Shumpert is part of first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Active Schools initiative, which aims to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity.

But Shumpert isn't simply a spokesperson for Let's Move! to support Michelle Obama, who is also from Chicago. He's a rapper on her new hip-hop album that features 19 songs, which through a collaboration between the Partnership for a Healthier America and Hip-Hop Public Health, aims to "get your whole family moving to the beat." Some of the other high-profile hip-hop and R&B artists include Run-D.M.C, Doug E. Fresh, Ashanti and Monifah.

Shumpert's track on the album is called "Pass the Rock" and his co-artist is Artie Green. Only a snippet of the song can be heard online, which starts off with sounds of a basketball dribbling and President Obama saying, "So many young people now, they're inside all the time, they're watching television, they're playing video games, but they don't have that experience of just ... oh, you know ... before I finish my thought ..."

Fans can't yet listen to Shumpert's verse. The album is scheduled to be released on Sept. 30.

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