Despite all of the attention that the Drake/Meek Mill situation has captured, we in the Booth are all in favor of shining a light on the more positive stories to come out of the hip-hop world. Take N9ne's music helping a car crash victim learn to speak again or Chief Keef intending to hold a concert to benefit a child who passed away (despite the concert never coming to fruition because of a ban from the city). The latest feel good story comes out of Atlanta, where Jeezy helped to donate 1,000 new backpacks to elementary school children in his hometown (via HipHopWired).
The artist formerly known as Young Jeezy and his Street Dreamz Foundation partnered with Shanti Daz's 4th Annual Backpack Blessings Back To School Drive to donate the bags to kids in the public school system. Taking place at a local MLK Blvd Walmart, the event also garnered attendance and participation from community leaders. The Snowman's Street Dreamz Foundation was recently relaunched to futher his humanitarian work, and the city of Atlanta recently bestowed on him the Phoenix Award for the charitable contributions for which he's been responsible.
Jeezy has been very active in the last few weeks, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his debut album, Thug Motivation 101, holding a gala dinner event with numerous local celebrities and the city's mayor (where he was presented with the aforementioned Phoenix Award), and teaming up with city council member Cleta Winslow to host a cleanup for Atlanta's District 4 neighborhood in honor of the relaunch of his foundation.
It's great to see Jeezy so involved in lending a helping hand to his neighborhood and its young children right before the start of the new school year. Kudos to The Snowman for equipping 1,000 kids with brand new gear.
[By Brendan Varan. He wishes he was able to see Jeezy perform Thug Motivation 101 in its entirety. Follow him on Twitter.]