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UBC medical student repurposes hip-hop classics to support Parkinson Society British Columbia

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As part of the project, Legacy, The Producer, a.k.a. Parsa G. Shiran, visited DJ Kemo's Vancouver studio.

As a student in the UBC Medical School, he’s known as Parsa G. Shiran. However, when he pursues his passion as a hip-hop and Afrobeat producer, he goes by the name of Legacy, The Producer.

And for his debut musical project, Legacy has launched a charitable initiative to honour his grandfather, who died from Parkinson’s disease.

Working with DJ Kemo of The Rascalz, Legacy has repurposed mid-2000s hip-hop classics that he grew up watching on MuchVibe. The project includes tracks by The Rascalz, Nelly Furtado, Shawn Desman, Drake, Kardinal, Massari, and Jelleestone.

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This is the cover art for the musical project.

“As I embark on my personal musical journey, I want to acknowledge and respect my musical inspirations and those that paved the way for Canadian musicians like myself,” Legacy declares.

All proceeds directly benefit Parkinson Society British Columbia. Moreover, the society has created a webpage where people can make donations.

Legacy’s release date of April 10 came a day before World Parkinson’s Day. It’s a time when organizations call on those impacted by the disease “to stand up, speak out and unite to end Parkinson’s”.

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Legacy, The Producer in the studio with DJ Kemo.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disease brought on by a loss of dopamine-producing neurons in the brain. Parkinson’s can affect movement, balance, and speech. In addition, it can cause other symptoms such as depression, sleep disorders, and eating and chewing difficulties.

It’s currently considered the fastest-growing neurological disorder in the world, with the global caseload doubling to six million between 1990 and 2015. That number is expected to double again by 2040.

To learn more about Legacy, The Producer and DJ Kemo’s musical project, visit Sound Cloud. Follow Legacy on Instagram @legacytheproducer. Follow Pancouver on Twitter @PancouverMedia and on Instagram @PancouverMedia.

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Pancouver editor Charlie Smith has worked as a Vancouver journalist in print, radio, and television for more than three decades.

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