Feb. 28, 2012
-- Toledo, Ohio rapper A.J. Crew has officially launched his “Still Waiting” campaign to raise funds and awareness for Sickle Cell research in hopes of bringing about a cure for the genetic disorder. Fifty percent of the proceeds from his new single, featuring Chicago-bred vocalist Katie Gavin, will go to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.
“The cause is something that I am very passionate about,” says Crew, who was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia at age 8. “At first, we didn’t know why I was having these severe pain episodes. Some doctors said it was ‘growing pains’ when we were trying to figure out what was wrong.”
Online music portal DJBooth.net premiered the single from Crew on Monday evening. Column writer Richard Spadine states, “As usual, Crew showcases his skills on both sides of the mixing boards, flipping a sample from Diana Ross’ I’m Still Waiting into a tunefully fresh backdrop for verses...” Crew is no stranger to the Chicago music scene, either. Owner of Soundscape Studios, Michael Kolar, says Crew has a “...reminiscent vibe of [a group like] De La Soul and something new like Kid Cudi.”
Upcoming collaborations from Crew include songs with producer Thelonious Martin, Perrion and rapper Freddie Gibbs’ newest artist, G-Scott.
The single, “Still Waiting” featuring Katie Gavin, is now available at http://music.ajcrew.com
For more information on this story or to schedule an interview with A.J. Crew, please contact Lauren Dorman at 419/699-9599 or email Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org.