Jabari “Naledge” Evans performed his new single, “Push the Limit,” this morning in a surprise appearance at the 2U annual company meeting, Dream 2U15. Evans, who graduated from the MSW@USC in 2014, wrote the song to explore education’s impact on society and to celebrate his own experiences earning his MSW online at the University of Southern California School of Social Work.
A hip-hop artist, youth advocate and entrepreneur, Evans worked throughout his master’s studies to examine how hip-hop can help disadvantaged children develop self-esteem and pro-social behavior. Today he works with inner-city youth in his hometown of Chicago. He also founded The Brainiac Project, an organization that works with at-risk youth to empower them through the recording arts.
“Push the Limit” Lyrics
Written and performed by Jabari Evans
I used to hang my head real low screaming life ain't fair
But if you live life here with no back row ain't no time to spare
So c'mon push the limit, push the limit and you will make it there
So c'mon push the limit, push the limit and throw caps in the air
Air air air air (x4)
Turn that frown on upside down
We only live once so we hustle for the now
I was told education was the key
The lock to the door if you’re trying to succeed
Tried to sow a seed and it grew into a tree
Graduation only evolution in the dynasty of me
We can never seem to turn down the volume of on our dreams
Instead blowing smoke get to picking up the steam
Row, row, row get you gently up the stream
Hard to find balance when you’re going on the beam
It’s no back row when you’re staring at the screen
No backseat, vehicle to any means
This is my testimony
Lifelong learning, I could teach a lesson on it
They say a good brain only needs a library
But degrees on the wall mean the options might vary
Otherwise it’s quite scary
See my name is Jabari Evans, otherwise known as Naledge
From the South Side of Chicago
Got a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania
Recently got a master’s degree from the University of Southern California,
Online at that
And um…Martin Luther King Jr. man he said…the function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically
Intelligence plus character that is the goal of true education
Education is the most powerful weapon in the world and it’s the one you must use to change it
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Naledge Interview on the Loni Swain Show
The Loni Swain Show is a weekly 30 minute, transcultural Slice-of-Life television series on CLTV bringing viewers up close and personal with Chicago’s movers and shakers. From restauranteurs and artists, to social activists and businessmen, Loni will visit them on their turf and take a hands-on approach to learning the keys to their success.
Loni came to visit me at GBK Studios to talk to me about my journey in music and my new career as a youth advocate and social entrepreneur. Partake.
My episode airs this Sunday on CLTV at Midnight.
Raised on the East side of Chicago. Globally Local. Cheers!