FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – “My City”, the song that helped build pride in Fort Wayne, became so popular that local rapper Nyzzy Nyce decided to take it national and help build a sense of pride in every city across America.
"It was just a group of kids trying to do something and it turned into a whole movement,” said Fort Wayne rapper Nyzzy Nyce. “We got a lot of good feedback from everybody with the first project and there were a lot of people that were excited about and took pride [in it]. We just saw all this positivity coming from this project and we felt like the rest of the world could experience this.”
By movement, Nyzzy means the "My City Movement.” It began in Fort Wayne with HipHop4theCity and turned into an on-going music-based project that inspires people to have pride in their community.
"Without that connection, it kind of tells young people that they need to go elsewhere if they want to start their career or lives, and that's how communities collapse,” said Kae-P, a local rapper who is featured on the “My City” music video and song. “It just makes a bigger gap between the bigger communities and the smaller communities so we just wanted to do something that sheds light on the smaller communities because there’s always light on the bigger ones.”
That is why Nyzzy Nyce gathered local rappers from around Fort Wayne and created a national version of the song and music video to help build community pride everywhere.
"The My City Movement is basically people that want to have pride in their communities and support their community. It’s for every city,” he said.
The newly recorded song and music video is similar to the original version, but Nyzzy says the video will reveal some surprises.
“We got rid of a few words in the song that had to do with strictly Fort Wayne, and made it more about just any city, and we added a new female singer on the song…but I can’t tell you everything we added because that’s the secret of the video,” said Nyzzy Nyce with a sly smile.
Part of the music video was shot in August at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Bridge, and some scenes include shots from Miami Middle School where Nyzzy and Kae-P spoke to students about the movement. Ever since they announced the creation of a national version of the video, people from across the country—and the world—have gotten involved by taking a photo holding a sign that says, “#MyCity” and submitting it via Twitter or Instagram to @MyCityMovement or online at MyCityMovement.com.
"We've got people from around the world, not just in the U.S. that's supporting the movement,” said Kae-P.
They've received photos from New York, Macedonia, and the Philippines, just to name a few.
“By taking a picture with the sign and representing your city, you’re hinting to everybody to be a part of this movement,” said Nyzzy.
But, it’s not just about community pride, it's about giving back. Among everyone who submits a #MyCity photo, a winner will be selected. The winner will get a prize package, and a charity will be selected within the winner’s city to receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the song for life. Nyzzy Nyce and Kae-P agree giving back is the best way to move forward.
“[The song is] not something that we see as a limited thing or something that’s only going to be going for a small amount of time. This is something that’s going to affect people even when we’re gone, so it seemed like it would be the best thing to do—for life,” said Kae-P.
“It started this right here in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and we want everybody to know that. It’s our responsibility as Fort Wayne to get this video out to the rest of the world,” said Nyzzy. "We want everybody to be a part of it. This is something that the whole community should take pride in.”
The national version of “My City” music video will premiere Wednesday, Nov. 21 at midnight during the “My City” Music Festival at Piere’s, 5629 Saint Joe Road in Fort Wayne.
To be a part of the movement and submit your photo, click on “My City Movement” under News Links on our homepage.
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