As we said our goodbyes on the last day of the 2011 summer program at the Metrocenter YMCA, the youth asked us when they would be able to get back in the studio with us. Concerned with a gap in service, we approached the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration with the idea of offering something during the school year that youth from all our previous programs could attend. Within a month the Totem Star after school open studio was born at YouthSource.
Sessions were productive, with youth showing up early to sign up for the precious studio time. Some amazing tracks were produced, like “La La La” by A$htre, featuring a sample of The Delfonics classic hit “La-La (Means I Love You).” Amazing poet Robert Ofrancia recorded our first two spoken-word pieces, “Gettin’ Older” and “Why Is It You Love People You Hate,” while Young Dre displayed his youthful grasp on lyrical excellence on “Is That You.”