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Young Thug and Kevin Liles recently announced that the winner of their “Battle of the Bands Challenge” is Florida A&M University.

FAMU is slated to receive a $25,000 donation to the school’s music department/Band Program from Young Thug’s record label Young Stoner Life Records, Kevin Liles, and 300 Entertainment, as The Shade Room reports.

“On behalf of our families to yours we would like to congratulate the @marching100 band of #famu for winning the #hothbcuchallenge Thank you for your commitment to excellence and good luck in Atlanta at the Honda Battle of the bands…,” Liles wrote in an Instagram post where he shared a video of the announcement. 

“We felt at home today… to all the faculty and staff continue to believe in our next generation of leaders… @thuggerthugger1 @yslrecords @300ent #hbculife.” 

Back in October 2019, the digital campaign was announced, inviting all historically black colleges and university marching bands to produce a short video and share it via social media showcasing their talent and school spirit.

The requirement was that they were to do a rendition of Young Thug’s single “Hot.” “On behalf of FAMU’s ‘Marching 100’ band, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Young Thug and Kevin Liles for an outstanding initiative with the HBCU Hot Challenge and the members of Marching 100 who had an absolutely fantastic time designing our formation and the music arrangement by Lindsey Sargent,” was written in a statement given to TSR by FAMU’s marching band.

“We will be eternally grateful to Young Thug, Kevin Liles, and anyone associated for providing HBCUs an opportunity to showcase their talents and creativity. We’re even more excited about the same opportunity to use the award towards band operations, scholarships, and initiatives that will allow us to move the FAMU Marching 100 forward.”

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.

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