Community Advocates To Receive Portion Of Proceeds From Ye And Drake's 'Free Larry Hoover' Merch Sales
The two artists came together in Los Angeles to perform at the concert.
December 13, 2021 at 5:22 pm
Update: Dec. 13, 2021, 8:30 p.m.
Representatives for YEEZY and YZY GAP reached out to Blavity to provide a correction to the previous reports that merch sales from Ye and Drake's Free Larry Hoover benefit concert would not be going to charity.
According to reps, a portion of the proceeds from the Free Larry Hoover merch, both those sold at the show and on Amazon, will go toward supporting legal reform and community advocates. This includes organizations such as Ex-Cons for Community and Social Change, Hustle 2.0 and Chicago-based Uptown People’s Law Center.
Original: Dec. 13, 2021, 3:07 p.m.
A representative for Ye and Drake has cleared up questions about the merchandise worn by the artists during the Free Larry Hoover concert. The representative released a statement to GQ to clarify that the merchandise is not intended to be used for charity.
According to the source, proceeds from ticket sales for the concert benefit several criminal justice reform groups, but revenue from merchandise sales is not being earmarked for charity. The rep didn't clarify where the profit from the merchandise will go.
As Blavity previously reported, Drake and Ye came together in Los Angeles on Thursday to perform at the Larry Hoover concert, named for the former Chicago gang member who is serving multiple life sentences in Colorado after being convicted of murder in 1973. The concert aimed to advocate for reform and advocacy groups such as Hustle 2.0, Ex-Cons for Community and Social Change and Uptown People’s Law Center,
Some of the items from the concert, featured on Amazon, include a $200 hoodie, a $360 jumpsuit, a $100 T-shirt and $400 jeans.
The federal government condemned Drake and Ye for supporting Hoover. One federal law enforcement source spoke to TMZ, saying prosecutors are surprised by the artists' decision.
Hoover's supporters said the crime doesn't fit the punishment because the accusations were related to drug distribution, not murder.