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French Montana and Adam Levine Just Released This Song for a Very Good Cause


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Globally, 5 million mothers and children are at risk of dying from preventable diseases and conditions. Rapper French Montana has made maternal and children’s health his cause and is championing greater access to healthcare services for all. Join us in taking action on this issue here.

French Montana and Adam Levine just released a new single to raise funds for a hospital in Uganda, reports CNN.

The artists collaborated on a remix of Montana’s hit “Famous” from his 2017 album Jungle Rules and produced a music video featuring the children’s dance group Triplets Ghetto Kids.

The children, who were born in the ghettos of Kampala, Uganda, rose to fame after videos of them dancing in the street went viral. “Famous” isn’t the first of Montana’s music videos to feature Triplets Ghetto Kids. The dance group also starred in his music video for his song “Unforgettable," released in 2017.

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"They are like my sons, my daughters,” he told CNN. “They've got a big spot in my heart ... and I just feel proud of them.”

The royalties from the remix will go to the Suubi Center, an underfunded maternity and children’s clinic in Uganda to support a cause close to his heart.

"Me coming from Morocco in North Africa, I feel like it should be a soft spot for anyone that has a mother or a child,” Montana said in an interview with CNN. “I think that's got to be one of the worst things: not having the right healthcare. When I went to Uganda I felt obligated to [help]."

So far, the duo have raised $500,000.

This is not the first time Montana has directed his musical talent toward a social purpose. After an inspiring trip to Uganda in 2017, he launched the #Unforgettable Healthcare Campaign in partnership with Global Citizen's #2BSTRONG Campaign and US-based non-profit Mama Hope.

A proud advocate for women and children’s health care, Montana has been vocal on this issue. In a 2017 interview, the rapper said: “Health care is kind of a privilege right now but it needs to be a right.”

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While unequal access to health care is a global issue, people in developing countries are most affected. According to a 2017 report by the Central Intelligence Agency, the infant mortality rate in the US was about five deaths per 1000 births. In Uganda, infant mortality is much higher with about 56 deaths per 1,000 births.

Montana’s activism has set an example and inspired other top-selling artists like the Weeknd to support maternal and children’s health in Uganda.