21 Savage Continues To Give Back To His Old Hood With Third Annual 'Issa Back To School Drive'
The Atlanta rapper has made it his duty to help the youngins succeed.
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On Sunday, August 5, the musician, born Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, went back to his east Atlanta stomping grounds to help out those who needed it the most, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports. For the last three years, he has made it possible for young students to receive free haircuts, new school supplies, food, clothing and a bit of fun before hitting the books in the new school year.
"Giving back to where I grew up means a lot to me," 21 said last month in a statement to Billboard. "These kids need it, and I used to be one of those kids."
An estimated 2,500 DeKalb County students were on hand partaking in the festivities. Among them were local politicians U.S. Rep. Henry "Hank" Johnson and DeKalb's County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson.
“I might rap about a lot of stuff, but that’s just a reflection of what I’ve been through,” he told the AJC. “In real life, everything I do, I want to bring everybody together. I want to give back to the community, help the kids, get them uniforms, books, book bags, everything they need…just do better. That’s where it starts, the kids.”
The event was made possible because of the supplies funded through the "Whole Lot" and "Bank Account" artist's Leading By Example Foundation.
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Hundreds lined up to get school supplies donated by Atlanta’s own @21savage. You’ll hear from him + the parents who thanked him for what he’s doing to make sure kids are ready for school. More @ 11PM @wsbtv. pic.twitter.com/vKa34PS6m0— Nefertiti Jáquez (@NefertitiWSB) August 6, 2018
This back to school drive is just one of many of 21 Savage's philanthropic efforts. He announced earlier this year that his foundation would donate $1,000 to 21 worthy teens so they can open bank accounts and learn financial literacy.
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