Some of hip-hop’s biggest names came together Saturday to help the millions of people suffering in Puerto Rico.
The initiative was launched by Tidal earlier this week, after it announced plans to send 200,000 pounds of supplies to the hurricane-stricken island. The streaming service set up 19 drop-off locations around New York, where people could donate necessities like cases of water, non-perishable food, batteries, new and gently used clothing, hygiene products, diapers, and more.
“Tidal, in partnership with [New York] Governor Andrew Cuomo's Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort, has announced the start of the TIDAL X: Puerto Rico initiative with the charter of a cargo plane that will bring much needed supplies to aid in the recovery and relief in Puerto Rico," the company wrote in statement.
Artists like Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Jadakiss, and Romeo Santos stopped by the drop-off locations Saturday to help collect, sort, and package the supplies.
“As the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico grows, our brothers and sisters are desperate for our help. Please join myself, TIDAL, Governor Cuomo, and Ruben Diaz Jr. as we collect and transport much-needed supplies to the island,” Fat Joe said in a video earlier this week. “I thank you all from the bottom of my heart and I promise all these items will be delivered by ME personally to Puerto Rico. God bless.”
You can check out photos from the drop-off locations as well as PSA from participating artists below. To learn more about Tidal's relief efforts and how to donate, go to tidal.com/puertorico.
Hot 97 helped organize an event for the community in The Bronx to bring supplies for Puerto Rico and Mexico as well.
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Proceeds from this year’s TIDAL X: BROOKLYN benefit concert will go toward organizations that support recovery from Puerto Rico. The concert will take place Oct. 17, and will include performances by Jay Z, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, DJ Khaled, and Fifth Harmony.