Bay Area Hip Hop artists are coming together to help rebuild local businesses damaged during the riots that erupted from George Floyd protests. Yukmouth of The Luniz, Mistah F.A.B., B-Legit, Richie Rich, SOB x RBE and more have been booked to perform at the I Got 5 On It virtual benefit concert, which will livestream via YouTube on Tuesday (June 16).
The event will be hosted by Weedmaps and Alphonso “Tucky” Blunt Jr. Viewers are suggested to make a minimum donation of $5 with all proceeds going to the Movement For Black Lives and cannabis dispensaries in Oakland and San Francisco.
Blunt, an Oakland native, was the first business owner in the Cannabis Equity Program to open a dispensary in the city. He teamed up with Bay Area rapper and fellow cannabis entrepreneur Berner to provide relief after his store and many others were affected by the riots.
Although I Got 5 On It is centered around Bay Area artists, some Hip Hop stars and celebrities from around the country are also scheduled to make appearances. Scarface, Cam’ron, M-1 of dead prez, Jim Jones, Smoke DZA and former boxing champ Mike Tyson are among the notable names involved in the event.
View the full lineup of guests below and find more information about I Got 5 On It, which gets its name from the classic Luniz single, here.
Hip Hop has not been silent during this crucial time in history. JAY-Z called MN Governor Walz to help get George Floyd’s case into the hands of Attorney General Keith Ellison, Russ raised over $150k for Black Lives Matter, The Weeknd donated $500k to various BLM causes, Drake donated $100k to National Bail Out, and Killer Mike provided a powerful speech addressing Atlanta amid city wide protests.
Kanye West donated $2 million to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. J. Cole and Kendrick were both spotted at local protests and Meek Mill dropped a song addressing police brutality.
These efforts are only a few highlights among the many people who are doing what they can to help spread messaging and advance the Black Lives Matter movement.