Nas raises money for single dad

Legendary rapper Nas is known for dropping hot lines and making classic songs. But the popular artist is also famous for his conscious lyrics and outspoken politics. Recently, after seeing a news report about Stanley Young, a Washington D.C. single father who lost his home in a fire, Nas added a new title to his already crowded list: fund raiser.

On, Nas says he “could barely watch [Young’s] tragic story on the news,” so he knew he needed to get involved. The rapper turned to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and the crowd-funding site CrowdTilt to raise $50,000 to help the Young family find a new home.

Young, a single father of eight, has been living in a D.C.-area hotel ever since the home he shared with his children burned down last month. With just days left before they must vacate temporary housing, Young is trying to find a permanent home for his family.

This tragedy is just another blow to unemployed dad and his children who lost their mother last year.

After seeing Mr. Young’s raw emotion and love for his children, Nas knew he needed to step in.

Nas wrote a note to the Young family explaining why he wanted to lend a hand:

I am also a single father, and we don’t get enough credit in this country….I believe and hope that we should all, as a community, come together to help our fellow American men and women when they need us in desperate situations like this

At press time, Nas has raised nearly $43,000 for the Young family. The fundraising campaign ends on August 18th.

  • Rochelle

    I feel for the family because I too lost my house in a total loss fire. However, why didn’t this family have insurance and why is Nas asking OTHERS to help? Im sure he could just write a check for $43,000. I bet he put none of his own money in. Shame on Nas. Hopefully this Dad learns to get insurance next time. Sometimes we have to learn the hard way.

  • Starla

    Very admirable of Nas. This how celebrity should be used, for the upliftment of those who have no voice. Kudos to Nas, and all those who have and will be contributing to the cause.

  • angel

    Yes I agree starla and I am so happy and proud that he is using his celebrity status for good!!

  • Tina

    Commendable, but it is interesting how single fathers are heroes and single mothers are portrayed as pariahs.

  • Black Womanist

    Nas contributed 10K of his own money.

  • K

    idk why this article failed to mention it but Nas said in his description of asking for the funds that he was kicking things off by putting in $5000 of his own money and that if they reached 20,000 he would kick in another $5000, which has happened and he did.

    also while i do see your point about writing the money himself wont agree or disagree b/c thats that my main point but dont forget this is the man who is paying his ex-wife an astronomical amount per month. I forgot how much it was but i remember when they news came out and everyone was like damnnnnn he was paying more for a wife and one kid than Diddy is per month with 6. darn i wish i could remember the amount

  • Anthony

    If you want a reason to be negative, it is not hard to find one.

  • TajMarie

    It is the same reason why some young men seem to want a golden sticker for taking care of their children which is what they are supposed to do — low expectations and to a degree, sexism. However, I have a larger issue. Although I find the act commendable, I know of a great deal of people who have lost their jobs in the economy and are now underwater in their mortgages while behind in their payments. While their distress shouldn’t preclude this person from getting help, I think it brings up the effectiveness of charity versus activism. For one, this person is probably not the first nor will he be the last person to have a home or domicile to burn to the ground without insurance. Secondly, I think more people would have been better off or would have better survived the poor economy, if a better policy for helping those who were duped by the banks in regards to the housing meltdown were directly aided by the government in modifying their mortgages while circumventing the banks — And that is where activism comes in. The problem that I have with some entertainers is that they confuse charity with activism. Charity is mostly for the short term and is sometimes only as effective as the organization and the money that is raised to achieve those goals of the charity. However, activism goes towards those systematic factors that supports poverty and inequality. I feel many entertainers shy away from activism because of the effect that it could have on their careers. Nevertheless, it hasn’t stop others from using their platforms to spew their comments and preach to fans and other people out large how to live their lives. However, if one was to devote as much as they could to charity, they would realize that their efforts and the efforts of others could only go but so far. Therefore, I would be more interested if national or federal program for home insurance for those who can’t afford insurance and an low cost insurance program that people can pay into to take care of their mortgage/rent payments for up to 1-3yrs should they ever become unemployed.

  • Velociraptor

    I think in this case the “hero” thing comes up because he’s a widower. There’s that element of tragedy.

  • Tonton Michel

    Good deed in deed.

  • ruggie

    Nice to see hip hop associated with somthing positive.

  • A Diva State of Mind

    As others have stated, Nas donated $10,000. I think the reason he didn’t write a check is because he wanted to get the community involved and teach a lesson on compassion and reminder us all that we all face our own struggles. The easy thing to do is for one person to write a check. But how great is it that folks can show a level of compassion for others, especially people they don’t know and come together and make a huge impact. It’s a reminder that we are a community and whether we want to admit it or not, sometimes we need the support of the community to get through some very difficult times.

  • Anthony

    @TajMarie, I agree totally that acts of charity are no substitute for government programs to address issues like the mortgage crisis.

  • shawty

    Why is he not helping black single mother?

  • Ms.Vee

    I love this! Such a commendable act towards a man who lost the mother of his children and his home. Stay blessed Nas.

  • noodle

    The mother of his child gets plenty of his help…

  • Sissy

    Single mothers are portrayed as pariahs because most are single mothers through their own faults and wrongdoings (sleeping with the wrong man, not practicing safe sex, not getting married first, etc). This man above actually had a WIFE who died last year and he lost his construction job two months ago. His efforts to do the right thing should be rewarded. It doesn’t matter the gender.

  • Marisa

    RESPECT!!! to all who donated to help this family out we can come through as a community, trust this is paying it forward.

  • geenababe

    This is a good thing Nas and all the people who have donated did for this man.

  • MimiLuvs


    I agree with your point of view.


    Single fathers tend to be lauded because (majority of the time) their “single parent-dom” is usually revolved around tragedy that occurred to the mother of the children (incarceration, death, drug/alcohol addiction, abandonment, mental/health illness, etc.).
    For people, the idea that a mother is separated from a child is something that is unheard of. So, when you hear about a man who is the sole provider/nurturer for his children, one would think that it involves something horrible.

  • MommieDearest

    *rolls eyes*

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