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Video: Homeless Hip-Hop Gospel Artist Explains His Music

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Homelessness in L.A. is no small problem. According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, as of January 2011, 23,539 people in the city were without a place to live.

To delve into the stories behind that somewhat staggering number, Riann Wilson's culture website SoulPancake began creating mini-documentaries called "Stories from The Street," of folks who are living without any kind of shelter.

In the following video, a man identified only as David explains that creating music gets him through the day. "You might see me as homeless," he says, "but actually I'm a gospel hip-hop writer and performer."

James Almazan, a spokesperson for SoulPancake, said via email that the minds behind the series hopes to provide a way to chronicle what really happens on places like Skid Row every single day.

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"One of our goals with this project is to raise awareness on this very serious issue and give a voice to people who feel as if no one is listening to them," he said. "Perhaps if we educate the community about homelessness, we will be able to combat it."