Philadelphia Officials See Hip-Hop Artists Dampening, Not Fueling, Mob Violence

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia city government has enlisted some youth-oriented personalities to help convey its antiviolence message in the wake of the latest flash mob incident (see related stories), including a young man who survived some of the very behavior the city is trying to discourage.

The artist known as “DJ Damage” spins discs on a youth-oriented Philadelphia FM radio station, a job he won while still a teenager.

Now 21, he says he survived a brush with selling drugs, so he feels well-equipped to teach teenagers how to turn their lives around.

As he told KYW’s Steve Tawa, “Whatever I can do that motivates the kids to support me, I want to help support them to do something positive.”

DJ Damage, whose real name is Abdul-Quddas Muhammad, will bring his message to 15 public schools this fall.

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(Philadelphia Youth Commission director Jordan Harris. Credit: Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia Youth Commission executive director Jordan Harris (right) says DJ Damage is invaluable in reaching the audience the city needs to get to.

“Most of them aren’t going to go (official web site) phila-dot-gov to hear what the mayor is saying, but we need those young folks at the table,” Harris tells KYW Newsradio.

Harris says DJ Damage approached the city’s youth commission, offering to help spread the message of responsible behavior.

And DJ Damage’s message will be consistent with the city’s goals, Harris says.

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • sickandtired

    Nutter will be laughed out of office for idiocy of this degree, the majority of philadelphians find your tactics stupid and insulting..the violence will stop, when they get shot

    • Larry

      Let these crack heads kill each other!

  • Tiffany

    Pants sagging, skinny jeans. The image of an urban youth who got the idea from rappers just like this.

    Mayor Nutter you waste too much MONEY on these animals. Do what you gotta do, but try to save some money doing it.

  • Ben Roosevelt

    wow are you serious? whats next asking game writers to make a game to teach kid how to stop violence and flash mobs. Is he that dumb to think that writing song will make a differences? Does he have a bunch of monkeys thinking of these idea… sorry but that will just an insist to monkeys

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