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Michelle Obama to Release Hip-Hop Album

Yes, you read that right. It seems as if the First Lady of the United States may very well become the First Lady of Hip Hop. 

Set to release on September 30th, the album is a part of her "Let's Move!" program. The project will include 19 songs and 10 music videos featuring artists such as  Ashanti, Doug E. Fresh, Run DMC and Jordin Sparks. 

 Obama is far from shy when it comes to showing off her hip hop moves. Back in 2011, we saw her doing the “Dougie” and “The Running Man” at the Alice Deal Middle School and since then, we’ve also seen her dancing to Pitbull.

Recently, Nas was honored with a hip hop fellowship in his name at Harvard University. The genre is also entering classrooms and being utilized by teachers to get students more interested in subjects like science and math. And now the first lady is using it as a platform to fight childhood obesity. All are illustrations of how the music is expanding and impacting the lives of young people.

 "Throughout history, music has been a great teacher and motivator, from ABC’s and nursery rhymes to religious hymns and national anthems.," Dr. Olajide Williams tells the Huffington Post. The Founder of Hip Hop Public Health believes that it is time to harness this power for health.

According to a 2011 National Healthcare Disparities Report, nearly 50 percent of African American children are overweight. The director's of this project are hoping to have a strong impact on the African American Community. 

 "Cultural leaders and visionaries in our country can give these messages to kids in a way that's not preachy. Kids are going to be dancing and listening to the music," Executive Director and White House assistant chef, Sam Cass explained. "I think hip hop in particular – so many kids love hip hop. It's such a core part of our culture ...and particularly in the African-American community and the Latino community which is being disproportionately affected by those health issues."

Below is the first video from the project entitled "Everybody!"