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HIP-HOP HOORAY; Musician pens the official single for massive sport charity fundraiser to help kids in need.

Byline: SAM YARWOOD Daily Post Reporter

A HIP-HOP artist from Flintshire hopes to help disadvantaged and disabled children across the UK after his track was named as the official single for the "biggest basketball extravaganza ever in the UK".

Mark Naylor - also known as Ego Trip - lives in Mold and has been making music for more than 13 years. The 29-year-old says he was honoured to learn that his song, Let It Be, featuring DJ Corbett, had been selected as the official single for HoopsAid, a fundraising event organised by Sports Trader, which offers youngsters kit and support to discover and fulfil their sporting potential whatever their background, ability or disability.

HoopsAid not only aims to raise vital funds, but is one of the major events of the British Basketball League calendar.

It will see Paralympians and other sporting heroes go head-to-head with TV, film and music idols in aid of the charity.

This year's HoopsAid will take place at the O2 Arena in London on May 10 and will be watched by an estimated crowd of more than 17,000.

Mark, originally from County Durham, says he was first introduced to hip-hop while at school. He began to write his own raps and finished his first album in 2005.

Since then, he's worked with a number of artists and producers, and his 10th album, Caught In Your Headlights, which features the charity single, is due for release in October. Mark said: "It's an honour to have my song chosen for the HoopsAid soundtrack. It's such an amazing charity that does so much for disadvantaged children.

"As a lover of sports myself, I couldn't think of a better charity to donate to."

Let It Be is available on SoundCloud and is due for release on iTunes on May 4. For more information on HoopsAid, |visit


| Hip-hop artist Mark |Naylor - aka Ego Trip -from Mold

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Apr 27, 2015
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