British Hip Hop stars AJ Tracey and Bugzy Malone gave back to their communities this Christmas, proving again that Hip Hop has stood up in a year of despair.
When we think of Christmas, family, love and gifts come to the forefront of people’s minds. However, for many people, particularly young families, this time of year brings feelings of isolation, pain and hunger.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many parents are experiencing furlough from employment since March. Some have even found themselves unemployed. In addition, demand for food banks this winter already predicted 61% uptake than last year. Recognizing this, both AJ Tracey and Bugzy Malone distributed Christmas dinners and presents for children and young people.
London-born Hip Hop artist AJ Tracy gave his help to a campaign providing 100 youths in North Kensington with Christmas presents. AJ Tracy with help from the North Kensington Secret Santa delivered food parcels that included halal turkeys and pizzas. They managed to deliver 30 boxes to Dalgarno food bank, 10 boxes to Al Manaar mosque and home deliveries. Creative arts project, Kids On The Green, a project set up in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, also received deliveries off the rapper.
Hip Hop King Of The North Brings Joy To Youngsters
Moving north, Manchester emcee Bugzy Malone also supported his community, gifting 50 underprivileged children a sack of presents each. Back in March, Bugzy Malone, sustained serious injuries after a quad bike crash on the streets of Manchester.
Growing up, he looked up to members of his family involved in criminal activity. Witnessing his parents divorce as a result of domestic violence, the young Hip Hop star experienced negativity at Christmas time. He touched on this when he took to Instagram, providing a positive message youngsters going through negativity.
Posting to his 1.2 million followers, Malone said, “Me and my team at @_b.malone_ have bought 50 underprivileged children a sack full of presents each. The 0161 made a man out of me and Christmas was never a good time for me or my family so hopefully these presents make a difference to the families that are going to receive them.”