Voices & Vibes: Atlanta Rapper Yung L.A. visits GHSU Children's Medical Center

Yung L.A.

Rapper Yung L.A. visited children at the GHS Children's Medical Center on Wednesday. (WRDW-TV / April 19, 2012)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The GHS Children's Medical Center welcomed Leland Austin, better known in the hip-hop industry as Yung L.A., on Wednesday.

"Being on the road sometimes, this is a way we give back to the community and come to do stuff in the community," he said.

Amid a busy schedule and a new record label, PowerHouse Music Group, Yung L.A. found time to show off his artistic side to the children.

"Just to see the smile on their faces and to see that sometimes when they're going through things, these 30 minutes to an hour that they have to take their mind off their circumstances and things like that, it's pretty cool. I can't explain the feeling that I get," he said.

His visit consisted of coloring with the kids and designing a one-of-a-kind skateboard, a hobby that is a favorite of the rapper.

"We did some pretty cool stuff, so hopefully, this will be a moment that they will remember any time they come back to an arts and crafts room," Yung L.A. said.

While hip-hop artists are often viewed in a negative light, Yung L.A. said he hopes the children who were in his presence will think differently about him.

"I think when they watch videos and see artists, they try to do what they've seen another person do," Yung L.A. said. "It's all about being yourself and being an individual."

Yung L.A. will be releasing a project entitled "Tattoos and Jewelry" later this month, and by his good deed at the hospital, he has a heart made of gold.

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