Entertainment Bronx teacher gets memorable surprise on Adam Levine’s ‘Sugar’ series The Maroon 5 music video gets a sugar rush for Adam Levine’s new series. A$AP Ferg surprises NYC school teacher on 'Sugar' An NYC school teacher is surprised by A$AP Ferg during an episode of the Adam Levine-produced "Sugar." (Credit: YouTube ) By Meghan Giannotta firstname.lastname@example.org @MeghGia Updated August 21, 2018 1:46 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email A New York City schoolteacher was caught off guard by one of his favorite Harlem-born rappers during an episode of Maroon 5’s new YouTube series, “Sugar.” Majid Khaliq, a violinist turned music teacher who studied at Queens College and Juilliard, thought he was recording footage for a music documentary when he was approached by the production team behind the Adam Levine-fronted series. Instead, he was surprised with an impromptu performance by BET Hip-Hop Award-winner A$AP Ferg. “Music is the closest thing to real magic. It gives me the inspiration to move forward and to dream really big,” Khaliq, a KIPP Academy Charter School teacher, says in the second episode of “Sugar,” which is available on YouTube.com for Premium subscribers. “Music, and Ferg’s music in particular, is a reassurance that even when you think you can’t do anything, music is here to help you to motivate you.” The series, a YouTube Original, was inspired by Maroon 5’s “Sugar” music video, viewed more than 2.5 billion times since its 2014 release. The wedding-crashing video stunt led to the band’s frontman, Adam Levine, enlisting the help of celebrities, such as Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Puth and A$AP Ferg, to give back to fans who are working to better their communities. “I got to thinking, what if this extended beyond Maroon 5 and what if it expanded beyond weddings,” Levine, the series producer, says. The New York City-set episode honors Khaliq for “saving the NYC youth” with music. It brings A$AP Ferg to the Union Square-14th Street station for some “real New York style” busking, and to the Bronx to shock Khaliq and his students with a performance. “Nobody from my neighborhood played an instrument, let alone a violin. So, he’s speaking volumes [for the community],” Ferg says of Khaliq’s efforts to inspire middle school-aged kids to express themselves through music. You can see the surprise unfold in the nearly 20-minute episode, available for streaming at Youtube.com. By Meghan Giannotta email@example.com @MeghGia Meghan Giannotta has been covering all things entertainment for amNY.com since 2016. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.