Kanye West and Common have teamed up with the Chicago Urban League to help create 20,000 jobs for their native city's youth.

Common spoke about the city's vast employment problems at a press conference announcing the team up: "Obviously, one of the biggest reasons our kids are going through what they're going through is because of poverty. I was doing an event in the neighbourhood and there were some kids from Englewood and I said, 'Man, what do y'all really need? What's gonna stop this?' And they were like, 'We need money. Man, if we could work.' They want a chance."

To which Chicago Urban League CEO Andrea Zopp added: "It's one thing to provide summer jobs for these kids, but we're trying to provide year-round jobs."

The musician's two company's -- West's Donda's House and Common's Common Ground Foundation -- will assist the organisation with thing's like the AAHH! FEST, its annual fundraising music festival which is set to take place this year at Chicago's Hyde Park on September 20th-21st.

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