By James Pleasant
Earlier this month, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Isaiah Rashad and several Top Dawg Entertainment employees organized a clothing drive for the homeless on Skid Row, a neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles.
In a video posted on the label’s YouTube channel, the artists are seen giving boxes of clothing away to members of the community who were genuinely grateful for the label’s selfless act.
The team also donated electronics and boxes of new clothes to Union Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter located in Skid Row.
“You know, we really need it,” said one of the Skid Row residents in the video. “If it wasn’t for people like you, there’d be no hope for people like us.”
The clothing drive was part of TDE’s “Each One, Teach One” initiative, in which members of the label give back to communities through philanthropic efforts.
TDE recently hosted its second annual holiday toy giveaway in December, treating residents of the Nickerson Garden Projects in Watts, California to gifts, free meals and a free concert with performances by Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q, SZA and other musicians associated with the record label.
Los Angeles’ Skid Row is notorious for containing one of the largest homeless populations in the United States. This 54-block area is home to at least 2,000 unsheltered men and women, according to a report by CNN.
Top Dawg Entertainment, founded by Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, is a Los Angeles-based independent record label. Grammy-Award winning rapper Kendrick Lamar and the label’s five other artists (Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad and SZA) are responsible for some of the most forward-thinking, socially-aware hip-hop/R&B of the 2010s.
Check out the official video for Lamar’s empowering hit single “Alright.”