The current water situation in Flint, Michigan is an abhorrent tragedy where residents, including small children, have been forced to use lead-poisoned water. While the majority of signs point to political greed as the cause of the disaster (read up on it here), there is a bright spot in this whole mess: A number of celebrities, hip-hop artists in particular, have been using their wealth and power for good.
Not only have the musicians and rappers been taking to their popular social media accounts to spread the word about the crisis, many have donated money or truckloads of water bottles to help out the city. A number of the musicians have traveled to Flint to lend a helping hand in person.
Perhaps the most impressive donation so far has come from The Game. The rapper, who is currently on tour, took to social media to declare that he is donating $1 million worth of water bottles in partnership with Avita Water to the city because his sister and her kids live in Flint and because “he cares.” He even Instagrammed a screen shot of his bank account to prove that he personally gave $500,000 to the cause.
#WATERFORFLINT PROOF !!! So, I’m on tour & not in the US as I’d like to be to help with this water crisis in Flint, Michigan 1st hand…. #1 because my younger sister & her children live there & 2nd because I care. Most celebs on here faking using the word “Pledge” in their so called donations are not fooling anyone ! The truth is the population in Flint, Michigan is about 105,000 people & it takes at least 9 bottles per person a day just to use to bathe, brush their teeth, drink & cook with… So on behalf my charity @TheRobinHoodProject I am donating $1,000,000 in water bottles..$500,000 coming out of my own pocket (which is everything I’ve made on tour up to this point) & the other 1/2 being met by @AvitaWater & the 1st drop is being made TODAY 1pm eastern time at “Food Bank East Michigan” 2300 Lapeer Road flint Michigan 48503 & the 1st drop will be 1400 cases of water equaling about 33,000 bottles today & everyday that follows until 1,000,000 bottles of water are dropped !!!! To those who think it’s easy getting this water to Flint, it’s not so the people who are PLEDGING they are, show us.. We want proof !!! Stop using others tragedies for your own celebrity gain… You’re not fooling ANYONE ! I seen @Madonna & @JimmyFallon’s $10,000 donations… that’s cute, but not nearly enough…. So I challenge both & anyone else in the world to match me & DONATE $1,000,000 in bottled water to Flint, Michigan & we want proof, shipping order receipts, bank wire receipts, pictures etc……….. No more pretending to give a fuck….. I donate money all the time & it comes out of my pocket & never once have I written anything off on my taxes because that’s not why I do it !!!!!!!! So, if any other celebrity wants to MATCH MY MILLION here’s the site where you can donate http://selfmadefoundation.org or pick your own.. JUST MAKE SURE THE WATER ACTUALLY GETS TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT !! & I don’t wanna see anyone else using the word “PLEDGE” in their donation or press release because we know that that means. “YOU JUST TALKING & TRYING TO MAKE YOURSELF LOOK LIKE A HUMANITARIAN” !!! #WaterForFlint #TheRobinHoodProject #AvitaH20Corp #SelfmadeFoundation #HUMANPOWERBALL
While The Game is donating $1 million worth of bottles, Diddy and his business partner Mark Wahlberg have pledged to give one million bottles of their brand AQUAhydrate to Flint resident. The company will provide 5,000 cases of water right now and will continue to provide water until the crisis is fixed. Rapper Meek Mill also donated 60,000 bottles of water in addition to making a large donation to the Flint Child and Family Health Development fund. Because he is always beefing with some rapper, he took to Instagram and challenged 50 Cent to match his donations.
I got 50k to donate to waters … Let’s see if we can have @50cent match me! I’m pretty sure “flint” supported us! Serious post contact …. Roc nation will purchase for me and ship! Not even just him all entertainers! I ain’t got the tine posting memes and shit… “Way too trill for that” @dallaslifestyle it’s my dawg hometown too! #FORMLKDAY A photo posted by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on
Michigan native Big Sean donated $10,000 and launched a fundraising page on CrowdRise. People who donate through his page will be entered into a raffle to meet him and get tickets to his 2016 tour. His campaign also inspired DJ Mustard to match his $10,000 donation, which he gave to Heal Flint Kids. Big Sean also tweeted out multiple messages of support:
This is not a natural disaster, this is not a mistake, this is clearly some real dirty work going on! unacceptable! Explain Governor? #Flint
— Big Sean (@BigSean) January 19, 2016
Pusha T humbly jumped on the donation bandwagon as well. He sent two semi-truck trailers filled with water from Virginia to Flint to help out. Sources say that Pusha T initially didn’t want people to know that he had donated because he didn’t want the recognition.
Snoop Dogg headed to Flint where he met with mayor Karen Weaver while wearing a “Flint Lives Matter” shirt to see how he could get involved. He told Click On Detroit: “I’m a busy man… I could have been anywhere, but I chose to be here today and it’s about choices. I have a lot of information to take back to my celebrity friends and people around the world who want to help, but mainly we’d like the governor to step up and do what’s necessary to make sure flint tis taken care of.”
While she isn’t a rapper, soul legend Aretha Franklin, who is launching her own food line, also donated water bottles, hotel rooms, and meals to Flint residents affected by the crisis.