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As Capital XTRA gear up for Global's Make Some Noise, we take a look at some of the most memorable times hip-hop artists gave their time and money to charity.
Back in 2003 Diddy did the brave deed of running the New York marathon to raise funds to the city's public schools. The hip hop mogul managed to raise $2 million for his chosen charity's and said of the experienced; "I've never experienced physical pain like that." When asked if he would run it the following year Diddy was quick to respond "no, no, no, no, no." . Picture: Getty
The veteran rapper has his very own 'Snoop Youth Football League' which aims to provide youth, regardless of race, color, creed, or economic background the chance to learn the values of character, integrity, discipline, and team work through football. Sometimes Snoop even gets involved himself! Picture: Getty
The Ludacris Foundation, founded in 2001, looks to empower youth in communities with programs that encourage education for children. As well as donating huge amounts of food and coats the families in Atlanta during the holidays, Luda holds an annual event to raise money. Picture: Getty
Beyonce's charity BeyGood regularly teams up with Make-A-Wish to grant the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. During the Mrs Carter Show 2013 World Tour Beyonce granted 18 children's wishes when she met with them, signed autographs and gave them the best seats in the house to enjoy her show up close and personal.
After hurricane Katrina hit the US in 2005, Jay Z donated a whopping $1 million to the Red Cross during 'S.O.S. (Saving OurSelves): The BET Relief Telethon' alongside P Diddy to benefit victims of the natural disaster. Picture: Getty
Sometimes it's the people who came from the least who give the most. In 50 Cent's case, that's certainly true. The rapper set up his own charity called G-Unity foundation, which focuses mainly on the academic enrichment of children and has donated proceeds from his successful business' including SMS Audio headphones to feed the hungry. The photo on the left shows 50 with kids from G-Unity before a charity concert he held. Picture: Getty
Even before he was crowned hip-hop's richest man, Dr Dre donated $35 million (which Jimmy Lovine matched) to the University Of Southern California to create a new degree that blended liberal arts, graphic and product design, business and technology. It's up there with one of the largest donations to a college or university that the country has ever seen. Picture: Apple/PA
Before North West arrived in the world last year, Kimye asked their high profile and uber rich family and friends to donate money to Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago (near where Kanye grew up) in place of giving them gifts for their first born. The hospital released a statement to TMZ that read; "Funds donated on behalf of Kardashian and West will be directed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Fund which will help care for the most critically ill babies and their families. We wish them all
When Rih's grandmother 'Dolly' sadly passed away due to cancer in 2012, Rihanna decided to use the pain she was feeling to try to make a difference. The singer donated $1.75 million to the radiotherapy department, which is now called the Clara Braithwaite Centre for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine, to Queen Elizabeth hospital in her homeland of Barbados.
In 2013 the story of a man called Stanley Young, who had lost his family home to a father and was struggling to support his eight children, caught Nas' eye. The rapper, who admitted himself that he had "never done something like this" began fundraising online, putting in $10,000 dollars himself, in order to help Stanley get a new home. Thanks to Nas' efforts, $65,000 was raised altogether and Stanley could pick his life up again.
Big Sean might be one of the newer faces in rap, but he's not been afraid to get stuck in when it comes to giving up. One of Big Sean's most stand-out charitable moments came when 'The Sean Anderson Foundation' held a concert with performers including Kanye West and J Cole to raise money for youth programmes in his hometown in Detroit.
J Cole tried to make sure every kid in his hometown of Fayetteville, N.C, had all the equipment they needed to go back to school by asking them to bring their school supply list down to the local arena where he was giving out backpacks, notebooks, paper and pens. "It's always the worst to be at school on the first day and not have what you need. We want to give kids confidence and help them be prepared for the school year," J. Cole said to the Fayetteville Observer.
Alicia Keys is a devoted AIDS activist and philanthropist as much as she is a devoted singer and songwriter. As the co-founder of 'Keep a Child Alive', a people's movement that provides life-saving AIDS medicine and surrounding care to children and families in Africa and India, Keys has helped to raise huge amount for the worthy cause. In 2008 for example, Alicia raised $40,000 simply by by asking concert goers to text to donate.