By Paul Cantor
In light of the recent earthquake/tsunami disaster in Japan, Hip-Hop has paused for reflection. Rapper Q-Tip, in particular, has been rather supportive of the relief efforts. Today (March 13th), around noon, Tip began a series of tweets simply by stating, “Pray for Japan.”
Tip’s group, A Tribe Called Quest, has performed in Japan, most recently this past August, when they played the "Summer Sonic Festival," alongside Jay-Z and Nickelback, among others. “Japan is a beautiful place,” Q-Tip continued on his Twitter feed. “Every time I’ve been [there] I’ve had the best time. The people are amazing and the land is perfect. #prayforjapan.” Then he closed his statements, writing: “Their food, culture, their appreciation of the world— Nagoya, Osaka, Toyohashi— these are a few of my favorite things about Japan.”
Tip also retweeted an important link someone sent to him. It was for sending donations through iTunes. “Apple now accepts donations to Red Cross Japan relief fund via iTunes http://aol.it/itunes_relief #prayforjapan,” the tweet read.
Since the disaster the Hip-Hop community has been especially supportive of Japan.
“My prayers go out to everyone in japan!!! We have to love one another and come together as a planet!!!!,” tweeted Chris Brown, also adding, “Life is way too precious to waste on ignorance!!! We have to come together!!! All of us! Every race, gender, etc. I love you all.”
“#prayforjapan this is serious people...what is happening to the world?,” tweeted UK producer Alex Da Kid.
“GOD BLESS everyone in Japan and anyone affected by this disaster- you are in every thought and prayer!!,” tweeted Sean “Diddy” Combs.