Hip-hop is based on the fact that the underdogs have a chance to shine, and those who have reached the top of the mountain don’t forget to pay for it. Cardi B is continuing the long history of giving hip-hop back by offering to cover funeral expenses for the families of the victims of the deadly Jan. 9 fire in the Bronx.
Ten days after 17 people, including 8 children, lost their lives in the Twin Parks skyscraper, the Bronx native is joining forces with New York City Mayor Eric Adams to offer financial relief. The West Bronx neighborhood where the tragedy occurred was home to many residents with Gambian ties, and Cardi agreed to pay to bring them back to their West African homeland.
“I’m extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who still live and work there. So when I heard about the fire and all the casualties, I knew I had to do something to help,” Cardi B said in a statement. “I can’t begin to imagine the pain and anguish the families of the victims are going through, but I hope that not having to worry about the costs associated with burying their loved ones will help them move on and to heal. I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrible tragedy. »
Cardi isn’t the only Bronx native willing to help. Days after the fire changed the lives of so many families, Fat Joe also partnered with the NYC Mayor Fund to launch a fundraiser to help families devastated by the Twin Parks Fire. The rapper assured that 100% of the donations will go to funding aid to these families, including the distribution of emergency supplies. He was able to secure additional donations from hip-hop luminaries Jay-Z and DJ Khaled. In one day, Joe raised $1 million. “No matter where in the world I go or what I achieve, I could never forget my community,” Joe told Pix 11 News. “I had to react, but I couldn’t do it myself.”
Joe has been in the public eye for decades, but ever since Cardi became a hip-hop sensation with the landmark hit of her 2017 single “Bodak Yellow,” she’s been using her newfound fame to help him along. Before helping Bronx families bury their loved ones, she donated $8,000 to the family of 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in June 2018. Guzman-Feliz was fatally attacked in the Bronx by five members gangs for mistaken identity. In April 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic began to wreak havoc in America, Cardi donated 20,000 bottles of OWYN Plant-Based Vegan Meal Supplement to New York hospitals so medical professionals could feed if the overwhelming burden of keeping people safe was causing them to skip meals. She also partnered with Fashion Nova to donate $1 million to families negatively impacted by the pandemic.
Hip-hop may celebrate excess and opulence, but the genre has a long history in philanthropy. In 1993, Tupac granted a terminally ill boy’s wish to meet the rapper by flying to meet him in Maryland and taking him to a basketball game. In 2000, Sean Combs hosted a Labor Day fundraising event for New York City foster children at his lavish estate in East Hampton, New York. In 2015, Kendrick Lamar was honored as a Generation Icon of the 35th Senate District for the hundreds of thousands of dollars he donated to the Compton Unified School District.
No one should be shocked that Cardi B is giving back and helping. That’s exactly what hip-hop does.