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Cool ways rappers are giving back right now

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words by: Kai Acevedo
May 30, 2020

In times of crisis, rappers have been known to help out. Due to being faced with the once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic known as COVID-19, some of the hottest artists in the game have looked beyond the customary monetary donations and hashtag sharing and have approached the giving back concept in unorthodox and creative ways. The long list of rap stars that have been in a giving mood includes the likes of Megan Thee Stallion, Diddy, Future, Eminem and many others.

ULTRA takes a look at some of the unique ways rap stars have been giving back during the COVID-19 crisis.


Diddy’s hosts a Dance-A-Thon


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Diddy knows how to get the party started. In hopes of spreading love and raising funds, the music mogul threw one of the biggest parties in recent memory. Brother Love’s virtual soiree featured appearances from Drake, Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, LeBron James and many others and raised well over $3.5 million in support of Direct Relief’s efforts to serve those “disproportionately affected by emergencies” such as COVID-19.


Megan Thee Stallion Cash Apps fans 


“To all my hotties that need a lil extra cash during this crazy time I got you,” promised Megan Thee Stallion. Taking a direct-to-consumer approach when deciding to give back, the Hot Girl partnered with Cash App to get donations in the hands of fans who submitted their Cash App names and utilized the #HottiesAtHome hashtag. The Houston-native also announced that proceeds from her Beyonce-blessed “Savage” remix will be donated to Bread of Life Houston.



Birdman pays rent for a month


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I would like 2 offer to pay everybody rent for month of May (for those who in need) in residents area of UPTOWN New Orleans where I was born and raised at from mac melph calio and ST Thomas housing also from 3rd ward to 17th ward I would like HANO to support us on accomplishin this and @q93fm I also spoke with @theuptownangela to help me put this togather I would like our mayor @mayorcantrell help support this cause also wanna thank all hospital on front line Risking they life to save lives I wanna thanks everybody that wrk with tha Gladys and Johnny foundation my company cashmoney records @cashmoneyofficial @republicrecords for always supporting our foundation for 20plus years @universalmusicgroup #RICHGANG🦅 #STUNNAMAN @hotboyog333 @kimmykim504 @ceto504 @stunnabrand stay safe #DOIt4MSGLADYS

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Birdman has always put on for the city of New Orleans. In response to COVID-19, the Cash Money Records founder offered to pay the rent of people currently living on his side of the Nola for the month of May. 


Future Delivers with His #MaskOn Campaign


Through his FreeWishes Foundation, Future launched the #MaskOn Campaign. The “Mask Off” rapper’s initiative, which was created in response to the COVID-19 crisis, is said to have delivered more than 100,000 masks to healthcare professionals fighting on the frontlines and also to patients who have been hospitalized.



Quality Control delivers the groceries 


Quality Control, the record label and management firm behind Migos, Cardi B, Lil Baby and Lil Yachty is known for feeding the streets with trap anthems and hit records. In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, hip-hop’s current leading label has pledged at least $100,000 through a partnership with Goodr to purchase groceries for families in the ATL. 



Cardi B helps out her hometown 


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Thank you guys for supporting me and @FashionNova, I teamed up with them to help those that have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Many of you are struggling to pay bills, feed your families, and take care of your overall essential needs. #FashionNovaCARES & I are giving away $1,000 EVERY HOUR until we’ve given away $1 MILLION DOLLARS to those directly affected by this crisis. Tell us how the $1,000 can help you during these times. We’ll be reading your submissions and selecting stories everyday so enter now by visiting Also PLEASE make sure that your Instagram is public, because I will also personally be looking thru these submitted pages. Starting NOW!

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Cardi B is putting her money where her mouth is to help those who are underserved and in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the outspoken rap star’s collaboration with OWYN, New York City-area hospital employees, who have often gone without eating due to intense work schedules, are getting access to over 20,000 healthy plant-based supplement drinks. She also connected with clothing brand Fashion Nova to give away $1 million to fans that could use some financial support. “#FashionNovaCARES & I are giving away $1,000 EVERY HOUR until we’ve given away $1 MILLION DOLLARS to those directly affected by this crisis,” explained Cardi. 



Lecrae sets up hand-washing stations for homeless


Knowing that washing hands has proven helpful in slowing the spread of the COVID-19,  Grammy Award-winning rapper Lecrae linked up with an Atlanta-based nonprofit called Love Beyond Walls to provide portable handwashing centers for the homeless. 



Jay-Z and Meek Mill provide protective gear to inmates and Correctional workers 


Jay-Z and Meek Mill, along with their justice reform organization REFORM Alliance, have been looking out for those behind bars during the COVID-19 crisis. The Roc Boys and crew have given protective gear, including 130,000 surgical masks to jails and prisons across the country, benefiting inmates, as well as staff members at the correctional facilities. Meek has also participated in Philadelphia 76ers’ co-owner Michael Rubin’s “All In Challenge” by pledging to donate his 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom.



Eminem delivers mom’s spaghetti and rare Air Jordans


Playing the role of a hometown hero, Eminem has been lending his helping hands to Detroit workers who have been impacted on the frontlines by COVID-19. For several weeks, the “Superman” rapper had cartons of Mom’s Spaghetti delivered to 400 Detroit-area hospital workers. Also, in support of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, Em unleashed a pair of his Eminem X Carhartt Air Jordan 4 sneakers. Sneakerheads and Eminem Stans could enter a $10-raffle for a chance to cop the extremely rare kicks that come with a $20,000-price tag.