RAPPERS have written and produced a thought-provoking album in a bid to stop young people carrying knives.
The Words NOT Weapons album has been produced by eight young artists from across Portsmouth, Gosport and Leigh Park.
It is the first time that all the top local MCs have worked together for one cause to increase awareness about the problems of knife crime.
The album, which features tracks from all youngsters, was recorded at Music Fusion studio.
The Havant charity, based in East Street, allows young people to create their own music.
Jinx Prowse, who runs Music Fusion, said: ‘It is great to see our young people dedicate their time and energy to an issue which means so much to them.
‘This is a unique project with Gosport, Leigh Park and Portsmouth young people join forces to make their communities a safer place.’
The contributing artists are Parv, Matty Blessed, Press, Starz, Palmer, Big D, Little Rascal and Lady Empress.
The album was funded through a £3,000 grant from The Blue Lamp Trust – a charitable partnership between Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, and local businesses.
The music will be performed live at a free gig at The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea from 7.30pm to 10pm on November 28. There will be free copies of the album.