Giving money to the poor and the underserved seems like something that would always be humane and just.
Yet somehow, an Atlanta rapper named Ralo proved that to be untrue.
Ralo posted a video to Instagram on Oct. 20 with a caption that reads: “F— going to the strip club, all the n-ggas wit[h] money let’s go to all the homeless shelters and make it rain on the poor people…”
While this comes across as both genuine and generous, the actual video shows something different altogether.
On the video, Ralo and his friends can be seen impersonally throwing money at the homeless (as if they were the strippers they decided to forgo), as well as laughing while the homeless people, some of them holding plates of food, scramble to pick up the cash. Reports say the amount Ralo threw from his BMW total $30,000 to $50,000.
Responses to the video, in the form of Instagram comments on Ralo’s original video, vary between haughty defense of his actions, and complete disagreement and disgust.
Conversely, every year during the holiday season since 2013, Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz takes U-Haul trucks full of money, food, toys and essentials to underserved neighborhoods so they have food on Thanksgiving and presents on Christmas. He also paid a year’s worth of rent for a disabled veteran and her son last November. These actions by 2 Chainz, aka Tauheed Epps, 39, — unlike those of Ralo — were obviously more generous offerings of help, as opposed to a stroke of the ego.
Ralo, who is 21, was born Terrell Davis. As someone who was incarcerated 34 times between the ages of 12-19, he should know the pain and humiliation that can come with being less fortunate. The young man reportedly made $12 million in just one year by selling drugs, but he left this illegal profession two years ago, telling Djbooth.net, “I’d rather be broke and free than rich and in jail.”
Perhaps Ralo can learn from the older, wiser, more widely successful 2 Chainz in more ways than just rapping.