#MoneyShowers: 7 Rappers Who Are Giving Back In A Big Way

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#MoneyShowers: 7 Rappers Who Are Giving Back In A Big Way

Big bank gives back to little bank. Here's a list of seven rappers who give back to their communities!

PUBLISHED ON : SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 / 03:05 PM

  1. Diddy

    Mr. "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" Diddy, is one of the most charitable hip-hop moguls. The rapper turned businessman doesn't shy away from giving back and even co-founded a charter school for the youth in NY! In 2016, Diddy co-founded the Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School to provide better education for the youth in East Harlem. On the website, the school's mission statement states that "the mission of Capital Preparatory Schools is to provide historically disadvantaged students with the college and career readiness skills needed to become responsible and engaged citizens for social justice."


  2. Drake

    It just might be a part of God's plan for Drake to have blessed the city of Miami during his "God's Plan" video shoot in February. The rapper surprised residents of Miami with a video shoot at Miami High School that came with a $25,000 donation, spending $50,000 on customers at a local grocery store and so much more. According to Billboard, the star also gifted the University of Miami and a local homeless shelter $50,000 each!

  3. Vic Mensa

    Vic Mensa is a Chicago native that always puts on for his city. The rapper is engulfed in the inner workings of Chicago and has created a non-profit organization called SaveMoneySaveLife. The organization focuses on mentorship programs for the youth, training first responders in the Chicago area and placing mental health professionals within the schools. On their website, their mission statement states: "SaveMoneySaveLife aims to provide vital resources to those who need it most. Our mission is to foster civic action through arts and entertainment, facilitating sustainable change."

  4. Dr. Dre

    Mr. Andre Young, better known as Dr. Dre, is among the group of rappers that give back to help our future. The rapper and music mogul teamed up again with fellow Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine to donate $70 million dollars to USC. According to the school's website, the two donated the money to help establish the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. The new academy will help students interested in fields such as marketing, computer science, the arts, and audio and visual engineering become future innovators. It's listed that the mission of the new academy is to nurture the talent and passion of the gifted students. You can find out more information here: http://iovine-young.usc.edu/.

  5. Chance The Rapper

    If you know anything about Chance The Rapper, you know that he holds the city of Chicago near and dear to his heart. SocialWorks is the rapper's youth empowerment charity that empowers youth in education and arts while focusing on inclusivity, fostering leadership and promoting positivity.

  6. J. Cole

    J. Cole is no stranger to charitable work. From his inception as a rap artists, the rapper has shown his love for his community and giving back. In October of 2011, J. Cole founded The Dreamville Foundation to uplift the youth in the Fayetteville, North Carolina, community. The website's mission statement states its purpose is "to reveal to the urban youth, their limitless potential, through positive life-altering experiences." J. Cole is committed to assisting the urban youth through his music and the different programs the foundation holds. 

  7. Akon

    We wouldn't be able to complete this list without mentioning Akon. The rapper and businessman has been working to increase the lives of people in Africa for years. Akon started the Akon Lighting Africa foundation to help combat the lack of electricity for over 600 million people living in Africa. According to the website, "this initiative aims to develop an innovative solar-powered solution that will provide African villages with access to a clean and affordable source of electricity." Akon launched the Akon Lighting Africa foundation in 2014 and is still actively trying to better his homeland.

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Written by BET Staff


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