What started out with a rapper from the Forrest Projects in the Bronx posting a plea on Instagram for people to help Puerto Rico has evolved into a massive humanitarian movement with hip hop leading the way.
Hip hop superstar Fat Joe’s from-the-heart message asking for help for the hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico was met with an overwhelming response.
In the Bronx, the five-hour donation drive organized by Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. with Fat Joe picking up the tab for shipping turned into a 24-hour affair.
“It showed the force and the strength of hip hop,” Diaz said. “I’m so proud and thankful to Fat Joe, Jay Z, to Remy Ma, and all those who were able to come together to help the people of Puerto Rico during this time of pain, suffering, and crisis.”
The turnout and the volume of supplies were overwhelming. Jay Z paid for a plane to take the donations to the island, but one wasn’t enough so he added four more. He got Tidal Music involved in a big way by sponsoring a major drive at the Javits Center. It brought volunteers, the music industry, and Army National Guard together for a good cause.
Recording artist Lumidee told me she spent every summer with family in Puerto Rico and that she is proud to see the surge of help and assistance, which now totals 3 million pounds from New York City. She believes Fat Joe’s involvement convinced many to get involved.
A plane full of supplies Joe collected with Pit Bull flew from Miami to Puerto Rico this week. Another plane will leave from New York this weekend. Tidal is putting on a huge benefit concert at Barclays Center later this month.
LISA EVERS, Host and Executive Producer, Street Soldiers https://twitter.com/lisaevers
RUBEN DIAZ JR., Bronx Borough President https://twitter.com/rubendiazjr
REMY MA, Hip Hop Artist https://twitter.com/RealRemyMa
LUMIDEE, Hip Hop Artist https://twitter.com/thereallumidee
JOELL ORTIZ, Hip Hop Artist https://twitter.com/JoellOrtiz
MELISSA QUESADA, Director of Latino Affairs for Gov. Andrew Cuomo https://www.instagram.com/mquesadaesq/
FAT JOE, Hip Hop Artist https://twitter.com/fatjoe