Rappers and their BS charity programs

Does anyone even know what Russell Simmons does these days other than show up as a guest on cable news programs? Years ago, he sold his stake in Def Jam to focus on his clothing business, but then he ended up selling Phat Farm to the TIs as well.

In interviews, he claims he spends hours a day meditating, and he also pops up fairly often in episodes of the inexplicably popular “Run’s House.” (Seriously, people, wtf?) And that’s not even counting the time he must spend balls deep in modeling chicks, which I think we all know is his number one hobby.

It would be mine, too.

In one of the interviews he did recently with, if I’m not mistaken, Sean Hannity, Rush mentioned some shit about how he’s got several rappers’ charities that operate out of his office, which would lead me to believe that his main function these days is as a sort of administrator for various social programs a la Jesse Jackson or somebody.

Speaking of which, what is it with these rappers and their damn charities anyway? If you notice, these days once a rapper gets to a certain level in his career, he’s gotta start some sort of charity program. I know Fiddy’s got one; Diddy’s got one; Nelly’s got one that’s always being mentioned on the radio here in St. Louis; and the list goes on.

If the majority of these programs are anything like Nelly’s, and I’m assuming they are, it’s the rare occasion that they just give a shiteload of money to some poor people out of the kindness of their hearts, the way Bill Gates and Warren Buffet do.

In fact, the one time I can even think of some shit like that happening was when the beef between Fiddy and The Game began to heat up and someone ended up getting shot in the lobby at Hot 97. The next day or whatever, a press conference was called and Fiddy made a show of cutting a check to the Harlem Boys Choir, which, if you notice, is always getting a check from somebody.

I’m not saying they’re a sham organization; I’m just saying. Someone with the tools and the talent might want to look into that.

But more often than not, they’re just holding some sort of charity benefit in which you’re supposed to show up and donate your money, as if you’re the one that’s got millions of dollars in the bank. And then they get to use it as an opportunity to both promote whatever bullshit new project they’ve got coming out as well as pretend as if they give a shit about children and the downtrodden.

Pshaw!

Like I said, I don’t have anything against giving back to the community. But at the same time, I don’t buy for a minute that so many of these hip-hop charity groups are anything other than yet another PR strategy for these rappers. If these d-bags really want to impress me, they can put their money where their mouth is and donate to a real charity.

  • Josh

    Having your own charity = tremendous tax benefits.

    So in essence, when rich people start a charity, they are making more money for themselves.

  • KQ

    two words. tax deductable.

  • Were Read 2 Def

    Hip Hop Is Dead.

    • trey

      yo wtf is wrong with you r u black or white yo?

  • http://almostaexpert.com missile 6

    real talk. they probably don’t do much of anything until they do some messed up shit and don’t want to get boycotted.

    where on the internet can i hear the funk flex show tonight with jim jones putting cam on blast?

  • AshleyMc

    Good read, good work BOL.

    Rappers are f’ing gimmicky that they will trade their souls for any type of publicity be it negative or positive. Creating charity foundations are a cop out. It’s like they are saying yeah, I rap about selling this and that, killing folk n sh#t but, atleast I’m giving back to the community.

  • http://myspace.com/wabdamuss Wab

    Hockey Player Shane Doan makes it a point of not publicizing any charity work he does. That’s prolly the way to do it authentically.

  • The Spaniard

    Donate to a charity that you control + tax write-off = mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’money.

    • shatonga

      time are out here and i need help, and if i have the money i will the people who are crying out for help[ like me having four kid’s about to be put out and lost my car and my job, help people likr that, and do it from your heart. god bless you all.

      • kesha

        u r right… why don’t people like that help people like us.. give back to the people who are buying your movie or listen to your song.. i pray that’s someone help you out

  • http://officialhiphop.blogspot.com JOE CASTRO

    “If these d-bags really want to impress me, they can put their money where their mouth is and donate to a real charity.”

    I can’t honestly say this is just a rap/hip hop thing. Most charities are shams; the money never makes it into the hands of those that need it. If you notice, most charity events are presented as ‘raising awareness’ of a particular issue. Raising awareness doesn’t mean you’re giving a dime.

    Nowhere is the failure of ‘charitable’ organizations more apparent than the lack of donated funds that made it into the actual hands of the residents of New Orleans after Katrina.

    Real charity is giving change to the homeless dude on the block if you have it to spare, regardless of what you think he may purchase with it.

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  • ICE MIC “800″

    Jimmy announcing beef with Camron and this is the best you could do you had all weekend bol(seiously wtf)

  • Pancho

    and people flame me all the time for not giving in to charities….

    Once they prove to me that they are legit…maybe then I’ll doante.

    I enjoyed reading this post.

  • Combat Jack

    ^”Having your own charity = tremendous tax benefits.

    So in essence, when rich people start a charity, they are making more money for themselves.”

    In essence, that’s the long and the short of it.

  • ICE MIC “800″

    Jim Jones announces beef with Cam’ron and this is the best you could do? you had all weekend. (Seriously, bol, wtf?)

  • GERALD N. THE BIRDMAN

    Hockey players give a lot of money and time to charity.

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    I’m pretty sure most people knew that it was for tax write off purposes … except for Bol that is.

    Once again, 7+ paragraphs that could summed up in one sentence:

    Question: why do rappers have BS charities?
    Answer: Tax write off purposes
    Bol: Oh

    … NEXT ….

  • semi

    corny

  • DBeezy

    You’re a charity..someone should donate to yo dumb ass…

  • http://almostaexpert.com missile 6

    where on the internet can i hear funk flex show tonight?

  • Dr Flav

    Lol @ MEO’s comment! All I know is that living in Nashville, I have been at two events where Young Buck gave to the community through the G-unity Organization, also I drive past the school he donated to also, right in the area he grew up in. Its always best to question your own generosity, before you criticize others charitable efforts.

  • Fernando

    Bol’s posts are so lame lately that Transient came on the site (check Noz’ post) and didnt even stop by to call him a faggit ass n*gga. You review Bjork albums too? WTF? Go write for spin or some other trend hopping homo mag. Why even write about hip-hop when you would obviously rather listen to indie rock crap in some coffee shop?

  • Mr.Defrosted

    YO WHO GIVE A SHIT! THIS OLD UNCLE TOM ASS JOURNALIST IF THEY DONT CARE IT NOT UP TO US TO JUDGE THE MONEY IS STILL HELPING PEOPLE AND IF IT NOT GOING TO THE CHILDREN THEN THATS SOMETHING GOD WILL DEAL WITH HE MUST BE THE AUTHOR THAT THEY PICK ON AT XXL CAUSE HE ALWAYS WRITING ABOUT SOME BULL ISH!

  • N.O. 4 life

    on the real i aint seen not one damn school get fixed my entire life by a rapper and i seen some horrible ass schools…a football player fixed our school football weight room though

  • Devo G

    Having your own charity allows you to slap the living shite out of a 14 year old, and then turn around and donate money to Virginia Tech. Or write piss on a 14 year old, and write a song about Virginia Tech. Or let your cousins have the national pit bull fighting championships at the house you own but, rarley if evar visit, then turn around and give money to Virginia Tech. Damn, who knew the Hokies had soo much influence on hip-hop.
    P.S.
    Just jokes people. God rest the dead.
    Peace!

  • THEGOD

    WTF is a real charity? charity is charity wether its a foundation or handin a bum on the block a dollar. yes these emcess are doin something good for their ol’ community and instead of lookin for alternative motives. you need to be thankin them. shit somebody gives a shit about the hood. from diddy to jay to ll to snoop these men put more than money where they mouth is. they put they heart where they mouth is. oprah building schools on a whole notha continent. my old high school still got the same books since my sister graduated in 99. what the fuck? why are we always pointin the finger at young black entrepreneurs? yes by being a rapper they create themselves as products and sell it to the masses, entrepreneurs. me personally nobody but my church and my family did anything for me as far as helpin me out with college tuition and things of that nature. but the rest of the city’s top dogs who wanna be seen as makin a difference is not really doin anything but gettin free promo for whatever they are dealin with. shit when these emcess cut a check for a good cause. don’t look at the amount of it look at the kindness the selflessness of their actions. millions of dollars that i earned and didn’t inherited? fuck you why would i give shit to people who doubted my craft (if that was the case) and most of the time these same emcess thats doin the givin were once the lost souls out in the street where nobody gave a damn. shit in my eyes they got the right to shit on y’all but instead they do right by y’all and by y’all i mean the people of the inner city, the ghetto, the hood. now my question again is …WTF is a real charity? ain’t nuttin realer than givin back to a hood that didn’t give a shit bout you…

  • LOL

    RAPPERS CANT DO ANYTHING RIGHT CAN THEY?

    THEY HAVE A CHARITY , Y’ALL CALL IT BS.

    UR DAUGHTERS GET PREGNANT, U BLAME RAPPERS.

    UR SON DOES SOME DUMBASS SHIT. YOU BLAME RAPPERS.

    GIMME A BREAK.

    BOL IS CORNY

  • NOTORIOUS AGC

    YOOO WHY IS EVERYONE REFERRIN TO PEOPLE AS TI’S ??????? DID I MISS SOMETHIN ??????????????????????????????? SOMEONE LEMME KNOW

  • steve-o

    TI = Tall Israeli = The people who run these record companies and shit. It comes from mos def’s “The Rape Over”

  • stoneyisland

    Bol, you are one funny cocksucker:) you are correct on the bullshit part, if these rappers gave a fuck instead of walking through hoods with a million dollars worth of bling, go buy books or computers for the local grammar or high school. Instead of waiting on the government to fix whats wrong in our hoods, we have to take some fucking responsibility for our own villages. So the next time you see some dipset moron driving a pink lambo through your hood, think how many kids could have had breakfast at school…………

  • http://none hank

    WTF, last time I checked, EVERYONE in the united states has acces to free public libraries, access to the internet, free parks,blah,blah. People don’t even use them. Why would anybody struggle their asses off to get rich especially chips stacked against young black men, turn around and create programs for people that instinctively and culturally de-value education and legal vocations in the first place. First concern for a rich person in our society is to preserve and increase their holdings. Not every kid but most have their heads up their you know what’s. They wouldn’t value anything charity put in front of them. Stop frontin, like all children are innocent little lambs. Where I’m from kids is serving. Get it right.

  • Nicole

    Hey Kesha and Shatonga~

    I’m just curious if its so hard to support yourselves and your kids how about not WASTING your money on their Cds and movies. Maybe you could use some of that to take care of the kids you layed down and created! Just a thought. Last time I checked even though these “rappers” make tons of money they take care of their kids, usually their extended families and STIL give their time and money to charity.

    Then again you two could form a music group together and I’d like to see if you get famous, just how many people have their hand out to you! Then if you decide to help those closest to you just how much do you think you would “donate” or do for charity! Too bad one of these guys wasn’t the father of JUST ONE of your babies huh?