Meet The New #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund Class of 2022

Donna Block
2 min readOct 21, 2021


Today, as part of the global #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, YouTube announces its second music cohort, the #YouTubeBlack Voices Music Class of 2022, including 54 artists, songwriters, and producers from around the world.

Featured in this class is our inaugural “mentor member,” legendary rapper and producer Slick Rick, who will play an additional role, sharing his wisdom and experience with fellow grant recipients within educational and networking programs for the class.

“It’s an honor to partner with YouTube via the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund initiative to utilize my platform and art to share as an example of what endurance, the power of imagination and pure authenticity look like.” — Slick Rick The Ruler

In the coming months, YouTube will work closely with the Class of 2022 to provide dedicated partner support, seed funding to help develop their channels, bespoke training, workshops and networking programs.

“YouTube is still committed to amplifying Black voices and music on our platform, so we knew we had to go even bigger for the #YouTubeBlack Voices Music Class of 2022. We’ve added new members, new regions, and of course the legendary Slick Rick The Ruler, as our first ever mentor member. Let’s continue walking the walk.” — Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music