"As a father with a growing family, it's the least I can do,
but philanthropy is not a long fix,
we have to get rid of these inhumane practices altogether.
We can't fix our broken criminal justice system
until we take on the exploitative bail industry."
Hip hop as a culture often has to deal with the majority's misconception that all rappers are thugs, convicted felons and all round bad role models. In the past, mainstream society has even gone as far as attempting to insinuate that by simply being a listener of hip hop music and an admirer of the culture you too are susceptible of becoming this same kind of atrociously stereotyped person described above. If we are being completely honest, its deeply saddening because what is often overlooked is the infinite number of ways in which hip hop culture has positively impacted the world over the last few decades. Instead of focusing on the fact that these so-called "thugs" are continuosly pumping money and resources into the communities that created them, mainstream media decides to highlight the fact that any given rapper at any given time uses too much expletive language or some kind of other bullshit stab at ones character in order to take away from the reality of the cultures positive impact on society.
You probably weren't aware that Kendrick Lamar donated the proceeds from “Keisha’s Song (Her Pain),” off his debut studio album Section.80, to address the abusive cycle of prostitution. Or that B.o.B, named a Forbes‘ 2011 Hip-Hop Top Earner, took a moment from his 23rd birthday celebration to donate $10,000 to Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless. What about that time in 2011 when Fabolous helped to meet the goals of New York Cares with a month-long coat drive sponsored by his A Fabolous Way Foundation. The first annual 3 Kings Coats Drive helped to bring in 100,000 coats, which kept about 10,000 more youth warm than the organization was able to outfit last year. Not to mention the time J. Cole promised a fan that if she finished high school and got admitted into a four year college course he would show up to her high school graduation. Keeping his promise two years later by showing up and offering to help pay for her tertiary tuition. These are just a very minute representation of some of the good which has been performed by hip hop artists in current times.
But let's talk about Mr. Shawn "Jay Z" Carter real quick. On August 9, 2006, he met with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at the organization’s headquarters in New York. The rapper pledged to use his upcoming world tour to raise awareness of–and combat–global water shortage. In November 2006, his concert in New York city raised over $250,000 for PlayPumps International. Also in 2006, he visited Africa and produced a documentary entitled Diary of Jay Z: Water for Life. He pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross' relief effort after Hurricane Katrina. In 2007, Jay Z showed his appreciation for the Spring Hill Campaign for Adolescent and University Student Empowerment (CAUSE) sending them more than $2,500 worth of designer street wear. In his time he has stronly supported 11 charities and been advocate fcor over 15 great causes including HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Education and the war on poverty.
"Every year $9 billion dollars are wasted incercerating people who've not been convicted of a crime,
and insurance companies, who taken over our bail system, go to the bank."
Now in 2017, Jay Z is making yet another grand gesture which we feel is deserving of a round of applause. The Magna Carta Holy Grail artist has announced that he will be partnering with Southerners on New Ground and Color of Change “to bail out fathers who can’t afford the due process our democracy promises,” and give them some time with their families for Father’s Day. In the TIME op-ed penned by the fresh Hall of Fame inductee, Mr. Carter speaks of how easy it is for minority groups in America to disapper into the jail system simply because they cannot afford bail. making references to Kalief Browder and Sandra Bland as examples of innocent people who were detained without conviction of a crime because their bail was set at an unaffordable price. quoting a 2015 New York Times Magazine article, Hov states that "On any given day over 400,000 people, convicted of no crime, are held in jail because they cannot afford to buy their freedom."
All we can say is Jay Z, BTG approve of this message. Read the full address here.