Tekashi 6ix9ine (real name Daniel Hernandez) attempted to do a good deed by donating $200,000 to the non-profit No Kid Hungry. According to TMZ, the money came from new merch and the $2 million he earned off his record-breaking comeback video for “GOOBA.”
6ix9ine made the announcement via Instagram on Tuesday (May 12), writing, “During this pandemic I understand we have nurses and frontline Hero’s who risk there life daily to save others. But NEVER forget the children & families who depend on OUR PUBLIC schools for daily meals and nutritions to keep our future leaders growing to their best potential.
“To every influencer out there REMEMBER if you are blessed GOD gave you that blessing not just for YOU but also TO HELP OTHERS. GOD FIRST.”
But evidently, No Kid Hungry isn’t that desperate for funds.
No Kid Hungry’s director of strategic communications Laura Washburn tells HipHopDX the Share Our Strength program is declining 6ix9ine’s donation.
“We are grateful for Mr. Hernandez’s generous offer to donate to No Kid Hungry but we have informed his representatives that we have declined this donation,” Washburn said in email statement. “As a child-focused campaign, it is our policy to decline funding from donors whose activities do not align with our mission and values.”
The coronavirus pandemic has made the need for food donations even more dire. As stated on the No Kid Hungry website, “1 in 4 kids could face hunger” because of COVID-19.
6ix9ine was released from prison last month after being granted a compassionate release due to coronavirus concerns. The polarizing Brooklyn rapper was arrested in November 2018 on racketeering charges stemming from his involvement in the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang.
While 6ix9ine’s donation may have been rejected, Hip Hop has stepped up during the pandemic with many artists contributing to their hometown communities. Eminem recently donated “Mom’s Spaghetti” to local Detroit healthcare workers, JAY-Z and Rihanna’s foundation donated $2 million towards COVID-19 relief efforts, Lil Durk handed out meals to frontline workers in Chicago, Killer Mike and T.I. are distributing 1,000 meals each week to families in need in the Atlanta area and Diddy has hosted multiple virtual town-halls to discuss pressing issues during the pandemic.