Common helps create music recording studio at Illinois Correctional Center

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Rapper Commmon tapped into the power of music to capture his outlook on life, and now he empowers those incarcerated to do the same. According to CBS Chicago, the musical artist, whose real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn-helped create a recording studio for inmates at the Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois.

The studio is part of a new program launched at the correctional facility to inspire people behind bars to use music as a creative outlet. The project was derived from the avocado Ari Williams‘ vision to cultivate a music-centric artistic space within the prison. Through the program, which is run by the non-profit organization Lynn Imagine Justice, inmates will have the opportunity to explore the different facets of music in a 12-week course inside a studio that includes instruments, mixers and other equipment.

“I know that music brings us all together. I want them to be OK. I want them to do something they love to do,” Williams said in a statement, according to the outlet. “And I know a lot of them are rappers. They love to rap and they love to sing. Lynn added that those who are incarcerated are underserved and “deserve to have access to better things.” Programs like the one created by Williams and Lynn are needed. The Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council reported that 43% of those released from state prisons would most likely reoffend within three years.

This isn’t the only impactful project Lynn has spearheaded. Last year, he launched a video series focusing on the importance of wellness. The project, called How many, was created to empower members of black and brown communities to focus on self-care practices during unprecedented times. “I deeply believe that the more at peace you are with yourself, the more you are able to spread love and compassion in the world,” he said.

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