Jamil Lawrance AKA Rise-Ascend, Rapper: "I've done a lot of, a significant amount of albums...and we developed a following."
And in 2009, attorney and part time rapper, Jamil Lawrance would embark on a path that would change him, and his music, forever.
'When I found out that the Chinese government actually does organ harvesting, they actually take the organs of living practitioners and they actually sell those organs on the black market, that's something that is appalling to the highest degree. Human beings are generally good people, and if you tell them that this type of thing is going on they will not stand for that, and no matter where this is taking place in the world they're going to stand up and say this has to end."
So Jamil got back in the studio. Adopting the name Rise-Ascend, he dedicated his music to raising awareness about the persecution, and spreading messages about Falun Gong.