The resounding feeling about the relief efforts in Haiti is that there is no time to waste. Members of the hip-hop community have been banning together in their efforts to help. Wyclef has been active , already raising in excess of $2 million for his home country, while New York radio station Hot 97 asked listeners to call up and request songs in exchange for a donation to the relief effort.
On Monday, Bun B is spearheading a concert that will be a fundraiser for Haiti relief. The show, “Houston for Haiti,” is scheduled to go from 4-8 p.m. at the Warehouse Live in Houston. Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young will make an appearance, while H-Town mainstays such as Bun, Slim Thug, ESG, Corey Mo and Trae Tha Truth have all confirmed performances. Lil O, Candi Redd, Just Brittany and the Party Boyz are also onboard.
Bun promised that more names will join.
“We all need to get involved,” the UGK rapper said in a statement. “Race, color or creed, we are all Haitians right now, and we need to help our brothers and sisters!”
Meanwhile, MCs such as Fabolous have taken to Twitter to urge everyone to donate through various avenues, such as texting “Yele” to 501501, which adds a $5 donation to your phone bill.
“It’s just devastating,” Fabolous said about the catastrophe. “I don’t know if Haiti had history of earthquakes in the past. The devastation I seen, I saw a brief clip of raw footage on the Internet. … A lot of places in America are not built for earthquakes, so I know in Haiti they are really stressing that issue of not being prepared for something like that. I know it’s a crazy, devastating situation for that country alone. I send my [prayers].”