Schools across the nation have shut down to flatten the curve on COVID-19, changing the course of history for young Americans, especially those who graduated as the Class of 2020. To honor the academic accomplishments of high school seniors across the country, 23-year-old Alabama-born rapper/singer/activist Chika performed her inspiring song, “Crown,” as part of LeBron James’ primetime TV special Graduate Together: America Honors the Class of 2020. Chika delivered a moving performance of the standout track from her debut EP Industry Games via Warner Records. She appeared alongside labelmate Dua Lipa, Malala Yousafzai, the Jonas Brothers, Yara Shahidi, H.E.R., Bad Bunny, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Megan Rapinoe, Ben Platt, and more. Presented by The LeBron James Family Foundation, XQ Institue, and The Entertainment Industry Foundation, the hour-long commercial-free event celebrated the academic accomplishments of more than 3 million high school seniors for the first-of-its-kind national graduation. Former President Barack Obama delivered the commencement speech for the graduating class, reflecting on our recent life-changing months. The special aired Saturday evening simultaneously by more than 20 broadcast TV and digital streaming partners, including CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Facebook, Instagram,TikTok, YouTube, and more.
Coinciding with the graduation performance, Chika also launched her signature college-themed “Oranicuhh” merch collection, which the multi-talented artist designed, and displayed on the show. The limited-edition drop is exclusively available for purchase HERE.
In March, the Warner Records signee released her debut EP, Industry Games, to high praise, garnering critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, NPR, and Billboard, while gracing the covers of Teen Vogue, Gay Times, and Business of Fashion along the way. The project spans seven tracks and touches on issues affecting young artists in music and overall youth culture. Chika’s swift flows, socially conscious rhymes, and soulful hooks cut through. Lyrical themes of self-made success, following your dreams, self-assurance, and overcoming life’s challenges, makes her a perfect inspirational figure for #GraduateTogether.