E-40, whose real name is Earl Stevens, explained that the Salvation Army in his hometown of Vallejo, Calif., will always be one of the first places to benefit from his charitable work.
“My mother and father divorced when I was ,” he said. “They did what they could do. When times got heavy, me and mom had to come over here [to the Salvation Army]…I knew I had to come out to my soil. I’m trying to give back.”
While the hip-hop star is being praised for his good deeds, he pointed out that he is just doing his part to help his community.
“I’m no better than anyone else,” he said. “I’m just playing my part. I can’t save the world, but I do what I can to save my community.”
E-40 isn’t the only hip-hop star who has been giving back to the community lately.
Rich Homie Quan, B.o.B, Young Dro, Trinidad James and Travis Porter were just a few of the hip-hop stars that came together for the Fourth Annual Street Execs Christmas Concert on Dec. 23 in Atlanta to collect presents for needy children.
Future and Ciara attended another holiday charity event in Atlanta where they came with jackets and gifts for all the children in attendance while T.I. teamed with Young Jeezy at the “Tis the Season for Giving” event and gave out presents to more than 1,800 children for Christmas.
The Game and Drake put their money together to give $20,000 to Ana Angel, an Ohio woman who lost her five children and boyfriend in a tragic house fire in September.
Back in November even rapper Big Sean was in the giving spirit as he joined Mike Epps to give turkeys out to families in Detroit for Thanksgiving.Twista and Lupe Fiasco also handed out 100 free turkeys at Exclusive773’s turkey drive in Chicago.
While the hip-hop industry saw some interesting beefs and rap feuds this year, none of the hip-hop stars let the drama get in the way of giving back.