Written by: Briana Wright @misswrighttv
Photo cred: rollingstone.com
The 2020 presidential election has finally come and we've seen some of hip hop's biggest hitters get out and vote. From Cardi B, to Saweetie, T.I. to 2 Chainz and more; we're witnessing hip-hop artists using their platform to encourage fans to vote and some artists are even going the extra mile.
DaBaby is one of those artists. The "Rockstar" rapper partnered with #NoCap2020 , a North Carolina fellowship program, and created an initiative titled VOTE BABY VOTE. The program consists of providing transportation to the polls for North Carolina voters, visiting various voting precincts, handing out swag, interacting with voters and more.
Photo from Instagram @charlotteagenda
He also collabbed with Lyft to give Charlotte voters a free ride to the polls by using promo code VOTEWITHDABABY. The beauty of this is that some of our youth who may not have been planning on voting, took the trip to the polls simply to meet one of their favorite rappers.
For those individuals, DaBaby says, "If I had time to catch them before the day was over with...[he'd tell them] get your a*s to the polls," according to @charlotteagenda. Some Charlotte voting precincts that he visited include Mallard Creek Elementary, Hidden Valley Elementary and University City Regional Library.
Unfortunately, his election day ended with the loss of his older brother Glen Johnson. TMZ recently reported that Glen Johnson passed away yesterday from a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head. Apparently, Glen posted an emotional video on social media saying how a lot of people had wronged him. Shortly later, he was pronounced dead.
Glen is survived by 1 son and 3 daughters; 1 of which DaBaby posted on his IG story last night when he finally opened up about it. He also posted lyrics to his song, "Intro" which shed light on some of Glen's feelings and DaBaby's love for him nevertheless.
We're sending our prayers to DaBaby and his family right now, during this tough time.
More details to come.
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