How do rappers make amends for any hip-hop sins they've committed throughout the year? Well, a number of them stock up on good karma by doing good for the 'hood around holiday time.
This year, Jay-Z is making sure that Santa brings more diamonds rather than lumps of coal come Christmas by holding a special Thanksgiving benefit concert on Thursday at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. In previous years, Jigga and crew have handed out donations in their old neighborhood of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, but this year, Jay and his partner, Dame Dash, have partnered with the New York City Mission Society to raise funds for underprivileged city kids with a sold-out concert featuring performances by Jay, Beanie Sigel, Freeway and other Roc-A-Fella artists. Monies raised will also go toward the rapper's new Jay-Z Scholarship Fund.
As has been a tradition for the past five years, Yonkers native DMX is paying his doggy dues by hosting the Thanksgiving Dinner With DMX with his music family the Ruff Ryders at the Nepperham Community Center in Yonkers, New York. Four hundred lucky community members will be treated to a soul-food dinner, catered by Harlem eatery Copeland's, as well as a gift giveaway and a special performance by DMX and other Ruff Ryders artists. DMX will also launch his Mary Ella Foundation, named after his late grandmother. The foundation with give out $500 scholarships to high school and college students and donate computers and clothing to the Nepperham Community Center.
After recently receiving honors from their home state, the Nappy Roots are making sure that they stay in Kentucky's good graces. On Thursday, the group will fly home in time to serve Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless at the Wayside Christian Mission House in Louisville. They will then follow up that good deed with another one — a performance for their local fans.
While Thanksgiving Day in the Cash Money camp will be spent promoting Baby's new album, The Birdman, on Monday, the label gave away 2000 turkey dinners for its Fourth Annual Cash Money Turkey Giveaway in New Orleans. The charity, held in honor of Baby and Slim's parents and their eponymous fund, the Johnnie and Gladys Williams Foundation, gave out a package containing a 25-pound turkey with side dishes of green beans, cranberry sauce, cake mix, dinner rolls, dressing and soda. According to Cash Money producer Mannie Fresh, the crew feels it's only right to "pay the love forward."