PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – Near opposites are harmonizing to help serve local hospital patients and the Providence man who made it happen is trying to solve a few more problems with his craft.
It just might be the last thing you’d expect to hear from a hospital training video.
He’s South Side rapper Hype Holla’ in studio. At Rhode Island Hospital, he’s operating room supervisor Devon Walker. The two worlds came together when he was asked to help create a training video for Lifespan.
“The message of the song is about patient safety and patient quality. And everything’s about the patient,” Walker tells us. “No matter if you’re anesthesia like I said or you’re a house keeper. It’s about everybody in the hospital being on the same page.”
His life growing up in the sometimes troubled South Side definitely impacts the rest of his music. While the training video is aimed at improving the hospital, he’s now working on songs about deadbeat dads.
“Some rap fans would rather hear you talking about guns and violence than for me to talk about how come you’re not taking care of your kids,” he says. “I can’t respect you as a man if you’re not taking care of your own kids.”
Walker and his friends also like to reach out to the kids that are already part of city street life that they survived years ago.
“I hear a lot of people say we have to bring peace to the community. But there there’s no body talking to the kids who are actually shooting,” he says. “If you’re not actually talking to the kids that are out there living that life, it’s pointless. And that’s what we try to do through our music.”
If that seems like a sharp contrast with a hospital training video, Hype Holla and Devon Walker might agree.
“Rapping’s about expressing yourself through music and that’s what I did, and that’s what I do.”