The knock on most entertainers (and especially rappers) is that they don’t do enough to give back to the communities that have made them famous.
New York rapper A$AP Ferg is doing his part to make sure that he is not among that group of selfish entertainers.
The “Hood Pope” rapper recently held his first annual Ferg Health Fair in his hometown in an effort to provide free health based testing, education and recreational activities for all children in attendance. In addition to giving away free physicals and health care vouchers, kids were also able to learn some of the basics of DJ-ing from reps from the Jam Master Jay and Scratch Academy.
Ferg, born Darold Ferguson, Jr., says the notion of giving back was something instilled in him by his father at an early age: “Growing up, my Dad always emphasized the vitality of giving back to the community and making sure we never gave up on our dreams. His encouragement motivated me to never settle and he’s the reason I am where I am today, but I’m not the only one. My dad spent his life helping kids in the community stay off the streets and make something of themselves. He may be gone but his legacy lives on through the people of our neighborhood and all the lives he touched.”
The rapper used Instagram shortly after the event to talk more about his father’s legacy and share in the success of the event.