Besides entertaining the masses with his Quarantine Radio and new musical releases, Tory Lanez is finding another way to help out fans during the pandemic. On Monday (May 4), The New Toronto 3 rapper announced the launch of his Tory Lanez Dream City Fund, in partnership with Los Angeles nonprofit the Dream Center, to benefit COVID-19 relief efforts.
“I know a lot of people are affected right now by this pandemic, this COVID-19 thing, and right now I’m proud to announce that I’m launching the Tory Lanez Dream City Fund and I’m linking up with Dream Center,” he said in an Instagram video. “Basically, we’ll be doing something to provide diapers and food for people that are unfortunately affected by this COVID-19 situation.”
Kicking off the fund, Lanez has already partnered with Amazon Music to donate 100,000 diapers toward the effort.
“It’s very important for any artist to give back because at some point you were regular, too. At some point, you were a regular person just like everyone else,” Lanez told CNN. “I always tell artists people feel exactly how you [felt] when you were in that place.”
“In a world where we all have homes to go to, nobody’s taking about what a struggle it is for someone who’s homeless right now,” he continued. “What a struggle it is for a woman with a child with no home right now. What a struggle it is for a woman with a child with respiratory issues. No one is thinking about that.”
According to the Dream Center website, the nonprofit is currently providing meals for local families and students, delivering care packages to senior citizens and offering food and supplies to individuals living in Watts and Skid Row.
Several other hip hop mainstays have helped out the Los Angeles community amidst the pandemic, such as Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. The Top Dawg Entertainment founder previously announced he’d be donating $86,000 to cover rent costs for senior citizens living in a Watts public housing unit.
Furthermore, Dre. Dre and Interscope Records Co-Founder Jimmy Iovine previously donated funds to go toward 145,000 meals; Coronavirus tests, medical supplies and more to Compton residents affected by COVID-19.
See Lanez’s Instagram announcement below.