Hip-Hop Stars that are Changing the World
Rappers are hip-hip stars are crazy rich! Well, not all of them, but if you know their name, chances are they’re making a fortune and living the high life. They have women, cars, mansions, and all the right clothes. Some of them even own their own island! We see their music videos that look like they really know how to spend all that money they make off us! But some of these guys are truly kind, charitable people that aim to make a difference on this planet, offering clean water, food, electricity, education, and jobs to those in need throughout the world. Let’s take a look at a few rappers who are especially generous and see if it inspires us to do our part to make the world a better place.
Even though Snoop Dogg isn’t considered to be a great role model for kids (open drug use, profane lyrics, arrest record…), he is actually a really charitable guy! He works with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for the poor, the Orca Network, The Healing Circle, Save a Life Foundation, and Shriners Hospital for Children. He also founded the Snoop Youth Football League. His estimated donations throughout the years total over $110 million.
Akon is extremely charitable, especially to the people of Africa. In 2015, he started an initiative that would bring electricity to 600 million people in Africa who didn’t have it previously. His plan was to start the Solar Academy, allowing engineers to harness the energy from the sun to get the electricity.
Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem, is from Detroit, Michigan, and keeps that in mind while enjoying his fame and fortune. He started the Marshall Mathers foundation, which helps disadvantaged children in Detroit, along with Eight Mile Boulevard Association and Nine Million. Combined, the charities have contributed over $180 million to people in need throughout Detroit.
Jay-Z has a reported net worth of $1 billion, but he doesn’t hoard it all for himself. Not even close. He has donated time and money to organizations like Boys and Girls Club, Music for Relief, and Artists for Peace and Justice. He held a concert for PlayPumps International in 2006, raising $250,000 for the cause. He also brings awareness to the global water shortage issue. In total, it’s estimated Jay-Z has contributed and/or raised over $450 million to charity over the years.
Sean “Diddy” Combs:
Diddy, who is reportedly worth $740 million, stands up for education issues, along with helping children with HIV/AIDS, and has raised money for breast cancer research. In a 2003 marathon, he raised over $2 million for New York charter schools. He has created scholarships, volunteered his time, and brought awareness to issues like maternal health care in Uganda, and the Flint, Michigan water crisis.
Through The Ludacris Foundation, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, has given huge amounts of help to the youth community in inner cities nationwide. Through various programs and incentives, The Ludacris Foundation offers help in the areas of leadership, education, healthy lifestyles, parenting, hospital visits, and holiday gifts to those in need. The foundation has changed countless lives and raised millions to help urban youth on the road to personal and professional success.
These are just a few of the rappers that are making a difference. If you want to help through one of their organizations, just type in any of their names and the word “foundation” after it. It’ll take you to their charitable websites where you can shop, volunteer, or donate to their causes. You could always start your own charity, too. Learn how here. The point is, we don’t need to be ridiculously wealthy and famous to make a difference in the communities and world around us. We can help, even if its on a small level. Doing something is always better than doing nothing!