Nas has joined several other musicians in an effort to help deliver aid to Africa’s Horn region and the 2.5 million children suffering from the drought and famine there. Last week, the UN made an urgent call for donors to pay attention to the situation the international body is calling the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. The Queensbridge rapper is taking part in a charity campaign being organized by the estate of late Beatle George Harrison and UNICEF. Harrison’s wife Olivia Harrison said in a statement:
“It’s deeply heartening to see how the compassion of musicians is handed down from generation to generation. In 1971 the crisis was in Bangladesh, today it’s the Horn of Africa. My thanks go out to all the musicians who have pledged their support.”
Nas is no stranger to philanthropy. The rapper released a benefit album Distant Relatives with Damien Marley. The reggae and hip hop blend was a hit with fans and critics, a goal the rapper says was the aim. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Nas said:
“We’re trying to have a sound that’s reminiscent of both of us, but not exactly like either.”
Though the New York rapper has not given fans a solo album in years, he is slated to drop his latest by the end of this year.