GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A local music producer is changing up the format of his music material from a hip-hop to kid friendly.
"About two years ago, I had a vision to start making music for kids. Something that would have social value, as well as being entertaining. Our mission is to inspire, motivate; as well as educate," said producer, Carl Lewis.
Lewis wanted to create something that would have a positive impact on kids.
"What I decided to do was quit hip hop altogether and focus on the children," said Lewis. "What I began to notice in a lot of our neighborhoods is that a lot of the kids are being affected by the media. The things in the media aren't always healthy."
Lewis says that with Mississippi's high obesity rate, one of the main things that he wanted to talk about on his CD was exercise.
"I felt what better project to tackle for my first project than one that deals with something that we need to discuss, which is childhood obesity," said Lewis.
Another issue of concern on the album is violence among younger generations. Several songs promote anti-bullying messages and peace.
"When I hear about all the killings and stuff, I'm like, why are we killing each other. There should be peace. I think the adults need to hear these songs because they're more positive," said DaQuan Smith.
Most of Lewis' music is performed by mascots, Kenny and Bobby, and can be purchased here.