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Sway Takes Denver: DJ Cavem Explains What it Means to be a ‘Hip-Hop Gardener’ + Health & Wealthness

It was a full house at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Theater on 4/20 as Sway in the Morning showcased some of the city’s prominent artists. We had international recording artist and 2014 Music Educator Grammy Nominee, DJ Cavem break down what it means to be a “hip-hop gardener.” Cavem’s work aims to build a bridge between hip-hop culture and youth in order to help make an eco-friendly environment.

Recently, Cavem’s initiative received a proclamation from the Mayor of Denver, which officially declared June 14th “Keep it Fresh Day.” Cavem wants to redefine the image of wealth in hip-hop, “everybody know how we can celebrate death, dumb, and violence, but we have to celebrate health and wellness as well.”

Watch below as Cavem shows us the energy of fruit and vegetables through music. He raps about sustainability, the importance in eating healthier, and being in tune with the Earth.

Check out Cavem’s website for more music and details on his culinary concerts.


Icon of hip-hop culture and a pivotal part of the MTV News team, Sway has been a staple of the music-news arena for more than a decade. From giving Eminem, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac their very first radio airplay on his local show in the mid-’90s to providing television viewers with their first good look at some of today’s hottest celebrities in music, film, fashion and sports. Sway has been there for some of music and the world’s biggest moments.

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