As the catastrophic damage stemming from Hurricane Harvey continues to be assessed, community leaders, citizens and celebrities alike have joined forces to help ensure the safety and well-being of those who were hit the hardest.
With Houston and the surrounding areas now in the beginning stages of recovery, the city's hip-hop community is out in full force. Artists such as Bun B, Trae Tha Truth and DJ Mr. Rogers are all on the ground leading various initiatives, such as rescuing others by boat, pooling resources, collecting supplies and raising both money and awareness to help aid the severity of the situation.
As DJ Mr. Rogers shared with REVOLT, daily essentials, such as water and toiletries, are still in high demand and are continuously being collected. Additionally, the Houston-based DJ and producer also put out a call-to-action, asking for more people to help get involved in the Port Arthur area specifically.
Trae Tha Truth, in addition to assisting a group of volunteers and rescuing others by boat, also has launched his own Harvey Relief Fund, titled We Are One, which specifically caters to the under-served and seniors surrounding the Houston area. In addition to working toward its $250,000 goal, the organization is also accepting various goods, including clothing, food, baby items, pet food and supplies. At the time of this report, the rapper has raised roughly $89K and counting, in addition to helping support Zoey Dollaz's fundraising efforts. To help Trae meet his fundraising goal, please see more information here.
"We out here doing what we need to do, man," Trae shared exclusively with REVOLT. "It ain't about who doing what or who doing more, it's about us doing us. Houston. Let's get it."
Echoing that same sentiment is Bun B, who like Trae, has spent the past week doing everything he can to help relief efforts, including setting up a celebrity telethon alongside co-organizer Jamie Foxx. The telethon is slated to take place on September 12 and will continue fundraising to help aid victims of Hurricane Harvey.
"When you're a recording artist and you become famous or whatever you want to call it, when you have the opportunity to use the platform that you're given for a greater cause, you're supposed to do that," Bun B shared during a conversation with REVOLT. "You're obligated to do that, you know what I'm saying. This is a situation where we can give back to the people and the community that give so much to us."
Take a look at how Trae Tha Truth, Bun B and more are leading relief efforts in the clip above.