Mario, Kanye West and T-Pain are among those who have linked up to support the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. Entitled “True to the Game,” the compilation CD features a mixture of hip-hop and R&B songs including Mario’s “Ghetto Love” and T-Pain’s “Beam Me Up.” Due for release October 21st,”True to the Game” distributed by Pyramid/Fontana/Universal, is the first project from Stadium Entertainment, a privately financed company that aims to combine music, social consciousness and philanthropy. A percentage of the proceeds from “True to the Game” will be donated to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, which will use the proceeds to help fund a $15 million education and research center within the historical landmark building where the Negro Leagues were established in 1920. The company also has signed a licensing deal with T-Pain’s Miami-based Nappy Boy Digital label for the project’s first single, “Beam Me Up.” The song, featuring T-Pain, Rick Ross and introducing Nappy Boy artist Tay Dizm, is exclusively available digitally through Nappy Boy Digital. Other notable tracks on the compilation include “Make Your Way to the Dance Floor” (Ziggy Nina featuring Chingy), “Around My Way” (Young Cash featuring Akon), “The Pursuit of Happiness” (GLC featuring West), “Knock It Outa Da Park” (Yung Joc) and “Ghetto Love” (Mario). Stadium plans to release two more compilations and a best-of CD under its agreement with the 18-year-old museum.
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