Birdman is aiming to ease the burden of those financially impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in his hometown.
On Monday, the 51-year-old rapper announced on Instagram that he intends to pay one month’s rent for those living in the community where he grew up in New Orleans. Birdman (born Bryan Williams) told his followers to “stay safe” and called on other local figures and organizations to pay it forward to community members in need.
“I would like 2 offer to pay everybody rent for month of May (for those who in need) in residents area of UPTOWN New Orleans where I was born and raised at,” Birdman wrote on Instagram. “… also wanna thank all hospital [workers] on front line Risking they life to save lives.”
The Cash Money Records co-founder previously spoke about his beginnings in New Orleans, explaining that watching his father own small businesses in their community inspired his own entrepreneurial pursuits.
“He had a few bars, he had grocery stores, a washerette. He did a lot of things,” Birdman told Forbes in 2015. “Growing up watching him run his business, he taught us to be self-employed, to try to do things on your own and be your own boss.”
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I would like 2 offer to pay everybody rent for month of May (for those who in need) in residents area of UPTOWN New Orleans where I was born and raised at from mac melph calio and ST Thomas housing also from 3rd ward to 17th ward I would like HANO to support us on accomplishin this and @q93fm I also spoke with @theuptownangela to help me put this togather I would like our mayor @mayorcantrell help support this cause also wanna thank all hospital on front line Risking they life to save lives I wanna thanks everybody that wrk with tha Gladys and Johnny foundation my company cashmoney records @cashmoneyofficial @republicrecords for always supporting our foundation for 20plus years @universalmusicgroup #RICHGANG🦅 #STUNNAMAN @hotboyog333 @kimmykim504 @ceto504 @stunnabrand stay safe #DOIt4MSGLADYS