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Queensbridge rapper Cormega has created a tribute song called 'I Made a Difference,' which is dedicated to the people of Haiti. The original member of the Firm -- with Nas, AZ and Foxy Brown -- was moved to create the song after visiting Haiti last year to help out in the wake of the earthquake that ravaged the island nation.
"The song is something that I wanted to do for a long time, ever since I came back from Haiti," Mega told AntiSellout.com. "Probably since like September 2010, we was trying to get the song done but a lot of rappers [that] said they was gonna get on it ... I've yet to get their verse. So I could only depend on the rappers that was coming through."
The MCs that did come through were Redman, Lil Fame of M.O.P., stic.man of dead prez and Steele of Smif-n-Wessun, as well as singer Maya Azucena. In the video interview, Mega also details that the song's music is provided by the Revelations, with contributions from Jazimoto on keys and Lil Fame with beat programming. 'I Made a Difference' will be available on iTunes May 18 and all proceeds from the song will be donated to Sean Penn's J/P HRO charity.
Mega, who is currently working on his next album, 'Cormega Raw Forever,' is extremely proud of how 'I Made a Difference' manifested, noting that it was "a team effort." The fiery lyricist didn't even feel the need to take to task the MCs that balked at the opportunity to contribute.
"The old me would have probably said something about the rappers that said they was going to participate, but didn't," said Mega. "But the new me, I'm not going to say nothing. Everybody got they reasons for what they do, and what they don't do. I just want to thank everybody that played they part and hope that people feel the song ... I hope Haiti realizes that they ain't alone."