Ballin, stuntin’, gettin’ my ends: These rappers stacked up enough cheddar to really do their part and give back to the community.
In a culture that seems to revolve around, as Biggie puts it, “Money, h**s and clothes, is all a n****a knows,” it’s refreshing to see rappers give back to the community. Whether it’s giving out coats and turkeys during the holidays, Nino Brown style, or providing clean water to countries in Africa, these rappers stepped up to the plate and did their share.
A lot of times, it takes maturity and wisdom to step back, see the bigger picture, and realize that you really can do a lot to help others. In an industry that thrives on youth and the dream of overnight success, it takes a while for the new hip hop heavy hitter on the block to realize how much capacity for change they really possess. To be honest, I don’t blame someone who really started at the bottom and needs to get their shine on, but after a while, that superficial stunting gets old and leaves a void deep down in the depths of your soul. Successful people usually come around and pitch in where they see people in need. Plus, you can write that off on your taxes, believe that playboy.
Trae tha Truth is a Houston based rapper that’s always doing his part to give back. Though he hasn’t had much commercial success, the loyal, growing fanbase he’s accumulated puts him in a position where he can afford to help out in his community.
Every year in Houston, he hosts Trae Day Festival, where he organizes free rap concerts, free toys for the kids, and activities. You can also catch him going full Nino Brown as he hands out turkeys and coats during the holidays.
The Jigga man is no stranger to giving back to the people. Combined with Queen B, they have a net worth of over $1 billion. Always attending charitable events, the power couple also promised to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Black Lives Matter movement to end the tyranny of government sponsored murder that’s way too common in this country, especially in places like the notorious Marcy Housing Projects that Hov once called his home.
Jay also had a lot to do with the construction of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The economic activity created by this venture alone has an immeasurable effect on the community.
Chicago’s own Common Sense has always been conscious about giving back to the people. Aside from being in several PETA ads, and promoting the Knowing is Beautiful movement helping prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, he started the Common Ground Foundation that helps underprivileged youth find opportunity and succeed.