HOUSTON — Trae Tha Truth carried on his annual Trae Day as planned on Thursday. The tall, Houston fan favorite filled the outdoor lot of the Northwest Mall with a Ferris wheel, booths offering immunization services and HIV testing and stations where the youngsters could get school supplies. Everything was free. Trae also paraded out several of his friends for performances, to deliver positive messages to the community and take pictures with fans.
A plethora of artists and industry personalities came out to support Trae and the kids: Lupe Fiasco, most of the Young Money family — Gudda Gudda, Shanell, Lil Twist, Lil Chuckee and Jae Millz — Young Buck, Gorilla Zoe, Jody Breeze, NBA All-Star Stephen Jackson, Yo Gotti, adult-film star Pinky, radio host Angela Yee, DJ Brandi Garcia and a slew of local performers. Throughout the day, heavy rains came and went, but everyone, fans and rappers alike, stayed until the festival was over.
“It was really a blessing, man, to do the event again for the kids,” Trae told MTV News on Friday (July 23). “It was crazy how much it rained, but we still did it. The kids enjoyed it.” Last’s year’s event was marred when violence erupted, but Tha Truth was determined to see another Trae Day , if only for the children who stood to benefit.
Trae has been involved in a heated lawsuit with media giant Radio One. He maintains that not only has Houston radio station KBXX 97.9 banned his music, but they’ve also prohibited any paid advertisements for his concerts or other business ventures to air on the station. A lawyer for Radio One recently told MTV News it is their right to play or not play whatever music or commercials they want.
Trae’s upcoming project, Tha Truth, comes out August 24.
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