E-40 is doing his part to give back during COVID-19.
The “Tell Me When To Go” rapper announced that he has produced and distributed 1,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to those employed and incarcerated at USP Lompoc Federal Prison and San Quentin State Prison in California.
“Being locked up, it’s not a lot of room for social distance,” E-40 told NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai during a video call today (May 14). “It’s like everybody is combined and compacted. So, it’s like whatever we can do to minimize it being spread, especially amongst that small community, the inmates, let’s try to do it.”
The Bay Area MC also plans to send gloves to the inmates.
“I can’t save the world, but I can play my part and I can help a few,” he said.
Last month, E-40 took to Instagram to inform his followers and fans about Coronavirus affecting America’s prisons.
“COVID-19 is lingering in the prisons,” he wrote. “Inmates did not bring the COVID-19 on themselves, it’s being brought in by others coming in, NOT from visitors because visitation had been shut down.”
“INMATES need to be protected with masks, hand sanitizers, gloves and antibody tests and the prisons should protect and provide necessities for the inmates,” the Poverty and Prosperity rapper continued. “Antibody test helps determine if someone is immune to Coronavirus or had it previously, then inmates can be separated properly. They don’t deserve being infected by staff. Social distancing doesn’t exist in prison, so many of the federal penitentiaries #BOP have been on total lockdown for two weeks.”
E-40 joins the likes of JAY-Z and Meek Mill in bringing awareness to the growing Coronavirus cases in prisons. These artists have donated masks and other personal protective equipment to inmates and staff in penitentiaries across the country.