DETROIT (WJBK) - Detroit City Council member Mary Sheffield enlisted the help of some Detroit hip hop artists for a Turn up the Vote rally at Detroit Edison Public School.
As Detroit high school seniors prepare for their 18th birthday, they'll be taking on the responsibility of voting. Sheffield set up the innaugural rally to help teach students about their civic duty, and she did with stars like Sada Baby.
"Don't care about these kids so they can speak to their vote you know," Sada Baby said.
Sheffield said by using rap, this brings the knowledge to the students.
"We have to make that connection, that's what it's all about. We have to get our kids excited, the way they turn up for musice and our hip hop artists, they have to turn up to vote. And that what is what today is all about," Sheffield said.
For a loud hour, Turn up the Vote turned out Detroit rappers like Kash Doll, Sada Baby and internationally known hip-hop artist, Tee Grizzley.
"You gotta know what's going on in politics. Politics control the country, this is how the country get ran," Grizzley said.
"The local celebrities who have been here today,, the kids all know them and love them, that's what gets them excited so the message can get across," Detroit Edison Academy Principal Natalie Turner said.
As it turns out, it was already successful. Grizzley signed up to vote on Tuesday.
Watch the story above to see and hear the stars in action.