- Ryan-Lewis001Ryan Lewis' "30/30" project's goal is to fight the HIV pandemic across the globe.
- 50 CentBack in 2011, 50 Cent ignited his Street King initiative. With a goal to feed one billion African children, 50 partnered with New York company Pure Growth Partners, releasing the Street King Energy shot. For each shot purchased, a child in Africa receives a meal.
- nelly_1Nelly's "4Sho4Kids" foundation solely helps children born addicted to drugs and also children with development disabilities. The rapper also created “Jes Us 4 Jackie,” which educates people the importance of bone marrow transplants. The campaign was inspired by Nelly’s sister was diagnosed with leukemia.
- eminem_mmlpEminem's "Marshall Mathers Foundation" helps disadvantaged inner-city youth in his home state of Michigan. The charity donates to food banks, youth groups and participates in various fundraisers
- kanye_boundKanye's "Dr. Donda West Foundation" assisted kids who have dropped out of school but after mysteriously closing in 2011, the rapper opened Donda House Inc. At the house, the purpose is to encourage kids to engage in Arts and Music programs by providing "safe environments and developmental opportunities."
- diddy-voteAside from his infamous "Vote Or Die" campaign, over the years Diddy has proven to be quite the humanitarian. Notable acts include, the mogulpledging $1 million to help Hurricane Katrina victims in 2005, giving $250, 000 to the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) to help inner-city youth further heir education and in 2003, he raised over $2 million for HIV/AIDS by running the NYC Marathon.
- jay zJay Z's Shawn Carter Foundation helps low-income students “further their education at institutions of higher learning" by providing scholarships both in the U.S. and abroad.
- Common-BirthdayCommon's Common Ground Foundation "targets inner city youth, ages 13-15, through programs, partnerships, and volunteerism." The foundation also recently teamed with Kanye's Donda House Inc to help provide 20,000 jobs for the youth of Chicago.
- Swizz Beatz_LeadIn 2012, Swizz Beatz was announced as the Global Ambassador for New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). The producer's mission is to raise awareness about the needs of underserved New Yorkers.
- MCLyteMC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Network promotes positive images of women of ethnic diversity by connecting hip-hop entertainment and corporate America.
- ludacris_5Luda's The Ludacris Foundation promotes independence and self-esteem to the youth through education and community events.
- big_boi_12Big Boi's Big Kidz foundation's mission is to "nurture the intellect of youth by providing them with culturally diverse experiences."
- Black ThoughtBlack Thought's GrassROOTS Foundation helps by "contributing to the health and well-being of vulnerable populations and disadvantaged communities."
- trae tha truth featuredIn 2011, Trae The Truth opened an emergency homeless shelter. The shelter provides housing for children until they are placed in permanent living arrangements.
With recent news of Ryan Lewis launching his 30/30 Project, an HIV awareness foundation, XXL couldn’t help but think of all the other hip-hop heads that are down for a cause. From scholarships to self empowerment, rappers are surely not slipping when it comes to giving back.
Find out which cause your favorite rapper is down for up top in “14 Hip-Hop Heads Who Are Down For A Cause.”